Monday, September 29, 2008

The Pepper Harvest

Well, the peppers are finally starting to come off in large numbers, so here's what they look like


1. Jalapeno
Origin - Central Mexico (1600)
Heat - Medium/Hot
Stock - wholesale nursery plant
Growth medium - garden soil, compost, fertilizer
Plant form - tall, needed staking
Peppers - 3", tapered
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: 6 - 10
Time to Harvest - 90 days
Notes - Plants were productive with sufficiently spicy plants that were a little on the small size.
2. Fish Pepper
Origin - Baltimore, Maryland (pre-WWII)
Heat - Medium/Hot
Stock - heirloom seed
Growth medium - topsoil, fertilizer
Plant form - bushy
Peppers - 1.5", tapered
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: too many
Time to Harvest - 120 days? Few peppers.
Notes - this Baltimore heirloom was very disappointing. Very few fruits. Plant and fruits are very attractive but did not have sufficient vigor this year.

3. Scotch Bonnet Pepper
Origin - Jamaica (cultivar of Habanero)
Heat - Very hot, but highly variable
Stock - seed from seed dealer
Growth medium - topsoil, manure (50/50)
Plant form - bushy
Peppers - 1" x 1", distinct "flat muffin" shape
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: 5 or 6
Time to Harvest - 120 days+
Notes - Plants were very slow to take off, and do not have the robust form of Habanero plants. However these (and the Bishops Crown) are "special" peppers, so that's OK.


4. Bishops Crown / Christmas Bell
Origin - Barbados - cultivar of Scotch Bonnet
Heat - Medium to Very Hot (variable by plant)
Stock - seed from seed dealer
Growth medium - topsoil, manure (50/50)
Plant form - bushy
Peppers - 1.5", distinct bell shape
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: 5 or 6
Time to Harvest - 130 days+
Notes - see Scotch Bonnet


5. Habanero (Cubano)
Origin - Carribean or Coastal Central America (Habana = Havana)
Heat - Very Hot (the standard)
Stock - wholesale nursery plant stock
Growth medium - topsoil, manure 50-50 mix
Plant form - bushy
Peppers - 1"-2", robust
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: 1 or 2
Time to Harvest - 110 days
Notes - Plants did VERY well; fairly long growing season


6. Habanero, White
Origin - Peru
Heat - (will try it later today)
Stock - Seed from seed dealer
Growth Medium - topsoil, fertilizer
Plant form - bushy
Peppers - 1cm, ball-shape
# Plants Needed for full year's supply: 1 or 2
Time to Harvest - 110 days
Notes - Plants short but stocky, very prolific

1 comment:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I'm a native Marylander ... from Harford County. My entire family hails from Baltimore, and came through Baltimore Harbor. I miss the snowball stands and the steamed crabs on newspaper with a cold canned beer.