Sweet Pepper, Sunnybrook Pimento (Organic)
Capsicum annuum. Green to Red. 60 days.
This is the best sweet pepper we have found for short season areas. Short plants ripen medium-thick-walled, early, sweet, blocky-round type fruit a full 2 weeks earlier than other peppers. They continue to mature smaller fruit – somewhere between golf ball and tennis ball sized – throughout the season. In addition, its high productivity and ability to set quality fruit in challenging conditions set it apart from other early sweet peppers. Pimento means pepper in Portuguese (pimenta in Spanish), but the word has become an English moniker for this type of pepper. Pimento type peppers are commonly round, sweet, thick-walled, and smaller than bell peppers with a light spiciness. Our original seed came from Ben Gabel of Real Seeds in Wales, and the Irish Seed Savers Association, with high recommendations from both.
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.