Peppers of Eastern Europe & Russia
By Jim (Habanero) Duffy
These are peppers whose origin can be traced from Eastern Europe to Russia. Most are sweet types that are not in the Bell
pepper family. Also these peppers are ideal for shorter growing seasons as some were bred to produce early in colder northern
climates. Most are used for roasting, stuffing, salads and frying. However depending on are they are grown some are dried to
make seasoning powders like Paprika peppers.
Full name Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes. A very rare and delicious Hungarian pepper. Yellow, flat, ribbed, pumpkin-shaped
fruit also know as the Pumpkin pepper. The flesh is very thick, crisp and juicy. The Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes peppers
are used in salads, fresh salsas, roasted, fried and stuffed. These are also known as cheese peppers. They got this nickname
because Artisan cheese makers used them to color up their cheeses. This rare variety was collected at a farmers’ market in
Matrafured, Hungary, but developed at Szentes, Hungary. If you stuff this pepper cook stuffing mixture first then add to pepper
otherwise pepper will overcook. Paradicsom Alaku chile plants can grow to a height of 30 inches. They produce fruit that is about
1 inch thick and 3 to 3.5 inches in diameter.
Also called Antohi Romanian because a man named Jan Antohi defected in 1991 from his home in Romania and brought the seeds to the United States.
Sweet and full flavored matures from yellow to blush orange to bright red. Once fruit starts getting orange it can be picked. Stake plants because
fruits are heavy. Especially if you leave fruits on until they turn red. Favored for frying with garlic cloves and olive oil. But delicious stuffed
or in salads! The Romanian Sweet chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.
The Alba Regia is an endangered sweet Paprika type from Hungary. It is sometimes mispelled Alba Regie.
It produces small bell like pods that have three lobes at end of fruit. The Alba Regia fruits ripen from
creamy white to orange and then red. Sweetness increases as fruit colors more. The Alba Regia peppers
are about 3 inches in diameter and 3-4 inches long. The fruits can be fried, roasted, stuffed or used
in salads. The Alba Regia chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall and are very productive!
This is an early producing sweet pepper variety from Russia. It produces small pointy end peppers that grow pointing up with pointy ends.
They start out creamy white in color then transition into an orange blush and finally red. For more sweetness harvest when orange or red.
The fruits get almost 3 inches in diameter near the stem and about 3 inches long. They are very productive so it is a good idea to stake
them. The flavor is very sweet and juicy. Ideal for salads, stuffing or roasting. The White Lakes chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.
This is a sweet Russian pepper developed and bred by Western Siberian research station for shorter growing seasons.
It ripens from creamy white to light orange and finally red. It is indeed a sight to see peppers in so many color
phases on one plant at the same time. The Sibirsky Knyaz translated means "Siberian Prince". It is very productive
making fruits up to 4 ounces in weight. They are conical in shape with a very thick juicy flesh. Ideal for salads,
frying, roasting or stuffing. The Sibirskiy Knyaz chile plants grow to a height just under 3 feet.
Also called Zolotisty. This is a sweet pepper developed by Belarusian Vegetable research institute in Minsk.
It was developed for shorter growing seasons but is such a great producer if picked regularly it will produce
until frost in longer growing seasons. The name Zoltistyi means Golden in Russian. These peppers grow to a large
bell shaped size but are sometimes elongated. The fruits weigh between 3 to 7 ounces or more. The Zolotistyi peppers
are very thick walled and extremely juicy. They are great for salads, stuffing, roasting and frying. The Zolotistyi
chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.
The Omarsko Kambe sweet pepper is a round red kind of heart shaped pepper from Bulgaria. It ripens from green to red and is very sweet.
It has no heat. Seeds came to North America from Hristo Hristov of Bulgaria a well known tomato and pepper expert. The Omarsko Kambe get
to be the size of a small apple. They are great for salads, roasting or stuffing. The Omarsko Kambe chile plants grow between 2-3 feet tall.
Another sweet variety brought to us by Hristo Hristov of Bulgaria. These are smaller than Omarsko Kambe.
They are a cheese pimento type and produce fruits that weigh a few ounces and ripen from green to red.
Great for salads, roasting or stuffing. The Chevena Kamba chile plants grow to about 2 feet tall.
At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid
cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).
We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant