Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
With the greenhouse I’ve been more confident and able to grow peppers that will ripen up. These are ‘Napia’ Early Pointy Red Pepper from Real Seeds. They describe it as “ another incredibly early red pepper, with pointy red fruit and spirally curled-up tips like a turkish slipper. It has really good thick, crunchy sweet flesh, & we like it best raw rather than cooked. It was brought to us by a Bulgarian student. Last year it did very well in our trials, coming ready in the very first group of peppers.”
A great description – and as with all homegrown peppers, it is sweet and tasty, with lovely thin walls. Not pumped full of water as you find with the majority of shop bought / imported peppers.
The plan is to save seeds, where possible, and as it’s the only pepper / chilli that I’m growing on the plot and in the greenhouse, I haven’t had to worry about isolation and cross-pollination. Phew!
Seed Saving Peppers in 7 easy steps
- Sow early, preferably in February, they need a good head start to get going
- Plant out after all chance of frost has gone.
- Water regularly, if growing in post feed them too.
- When the peppers start to emerge let them ripen on the plant
- When ripe, cut the pepper in half and scrape out the seeds
- Put the seeds out to dry for a few days, they will change colour slightly as they dry
- Bag and label and store in a cool dry place