Sweet Pepper, Lesya (Organic)
Capsicum annuum. Green to Red. 80 days.
Lesya is a totally unique sweet pepper from Ukraine that caught our eye due to its cool, conical, almost heart-like shape. Fruit have 3”-4” wide rounded shoulders that taper to a point at the blossom end. The heart shape is a bit variable but is really apparent when the peppers are cut in half lengthwise. Sturdy, 2 ft tall plants are good producers of dense, thick-walled, very sweet peppers that ripen easily under outdoor conditions. Plants tend to ripen a lot of their satiny red fruit all at once. Yields a very high percentage of marketable fruit (read: peppers don’t develop issues during ripening) that holds quality both on and off the plant. Excellent for eating raw in salads (or as a snack!), roasting, or for use when making stuffed or marinated peppers. Lesya is a female Ukrainian name that is diminutive for Oleksandra. Lesya sweet pepper is named after a friend of the plant breeder Nadiya Filimonivna Bilous. It was selected on the Bilous homestead farm and permaculture center in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. Our stock seed came to us via Croatia and we have spent a few years selecting it for more uniformity.
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.
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.