Sweet Pepper, Liebesapfel (Organic)
Capsicum annuum. 70 days.
Red ruffled pepper with sweet thick flesh. Very early and also productive late into the season. Deeply lobed, flattened sheepnose/cheese type pimento. Fruit develop fewer blemishes during ripening compared to bell-shaped peppers. The German translation of Liebesapfel can be either ‘love apple’ or ‘candy apple.’ Either one certainly implies a great pepper and we definitely love it! Developed by a small seed company in Germany. Matures outdoors in Denmark without any plastic. Seed originally from Søren Holt of Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed saving organization.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Transplant seedlings into 4”pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant out into the garden after danger of frost has past, typically late May in western Oregon.
To save seed, wait until fruits are fully ripe. Remove seeds from fruit and dry on windowsill or with a fan. Isolate from other pepper varieties by at least 500 feet.