Hot Pepper, Szentesi Cherry (Organic)

Capsicum annuum. Very Hot. 75 days.

Classic Hungarian hot pepper with a rich flavor. Heat is high but not too extreme. Round, red cherry shaped fruit are about 1” wide and deep red when ripe. Relatively thick walls for a hot pepper make this a great variety for hot sauce, stuffing, or drying for spicy paprika. Of our hot pepper offerings, it is one of the best for pickling whole. Early to ripen and productive in our climate. Our friend and collaborator, chef Tim Wastell of Portland, Oregon, made a delicious fermented, seedless hot pepper sauce with Szentesi Cherry for the 2015 Culinary Breeding Network Variety Showcase. A great alternative to Cherry Bomb, the Semenis/Monsanto hybrid. Collected by The Seed Ambassadors Project in 2008 from a Hungarian seed company.

Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.


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SKU: PEPP-HOT-SZENCH Categories: , Tag:
Geographical Origin

Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant out into the garden after danger of frost has passed, typically late May in western Oregon.

Seed Saving

To save seed, wait until fruit is fully ripe. Remove seeds from fruit and dry. Isolate from other pepper varieties of the same species by at least 500 feet.

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  1. Anna Fay


    Anna Fay (verified owner)

    Where did you grow this variety? Oregon

    I grew this last year for the first time along with several other drying peppers. I ground each variety into powders and this one is by far my favorite of the ‘spicy’ selections. I put it on everything. The flavor is superb and it’s the perfect heat. The powder is a beautiful dark red color too and the smell is heavenly. The plants are sturdy and are so charming adorned with these perfectly round peppers hanging like ornaments. The flesh is thick, meaty, and tightly packed with seeds. They are quite easy to de-seed, just be sure to wear gloves as the fresh peppers are quite hot. Looking forward to growing more this year and experimenting with hot sauce, stuffing and pickling.
    Grow this pepper! <3

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