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Sweet Italian Peppers

(Capsicum annuum)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy






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Golden Treasure

(Capsicum annuum)



A very tasty Italian Heirloom variety that grows peppers about 9 inches long. It is very sweet and can be stuffed or used as a frying pepper. Also delicious raw as a snack or salad pepper. Some people make deep fried chips from them. Much more sweeter than the more common Corno di Toro. The Golden Treasure chile plants can get between two to three feet tall and are very productive. Golden Treasure peppers ripen from green to a golden yellow and then golden orange.











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Golden Marconi

(Capsicum annuum)



Also known as the Marconi Golden pepper. The Golden Marconi pepper is a very tasty pepper that can be fried or used fresh in salads. So sweet you will think you are eating candy. Fruits taper to a point and get about 7 inches long. They are wider than the similar Golden Treasure so are a better one for stuffing! Like other sweet peppers you can find vendors in Italy deep frying these and lightly salting them like potato chips! The Golden Marconi chile plants can grow up to three feet tall and are very productive.











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Melrose Pepper

(Capsicum annuum)



If your grandmother is Italian and grew up in Chicago you know about these peppers. On how they originated here the story goes like this, an Italian family immigrated to Melrose Park, Illinois in the late 1800's. Melrose Park is a western suburb of Chicago, they brought with them the seeds of these tender and sweet thin skinned peppers. After that the peppers found their way into the local produce stands and the rest is history. People who know of them wait patiently for them to come in season. A very sweet pepper cooked green or red. Some people fry them in olive oil with a touch of tomato and onions and eat them as a meal with garlic bread and provolone cheese on the side. Others use them slightly roasted on sandwiches or fry them with sausage. They ripen from green to crimson red. The Melrose pepper chile plants grow up to three feet tall and are very productive.






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Shepherds Ramshorn

(Capsicum annuum)



The Shepherds Ramshorn is a large sweet variety that originated in Spain but now is mainly cultivated in Italy. On the Brix sweet scale which determines sugar content in fruits and vegetables it scores higher than the Corno di toro and Marconi Red varieties. But it does take longer to mature than them. In the seed tissue it will have a detectable mild heat. The other positive is this variety is more productive. Especially in cooler shorter summer seasons and does well in the wet northeast. It is used to make sweet sauces, raw in salads, roasting and stuffing. The Shepherds Ramshorn chile plants can grow between 2 to 3 feet tall.









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Purple Marconi

(Capsicum annuum)



The Purple Marconi is the rarest of the Marconi peppers. The others being the Red and Golden. The Purple Marconi ripen from green to a dark purple. But like other purple species if you leave on the plant too long they will turn red. Sweetness begins at fully ripened Purple stage. Sweetness does increase with red color. They are a sweet pepper but you will sometimes get a detectable mild heat in the seed tissue. The fruit get over 2 inches wide at stem growing up to 9 inches long to a pointy end. So they look like a purple Anaheim or Nu Mex Big Jim The Purple Marconi fruit are very sweet and can be fried, roasted, stuffed or used fresh in salads. The Purple Marconi plants grow up to 3 feet tall.








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Stocky Red Roaster

(Capsicum annuum)



This is an extremely sweet Italian frying or roasting type pepper. It was developed by a plant breeder in Oregon. The Stocky Red Roaster fruits grow 6 to 7 inches long and are about 2 inches wide at the stem. They are very smooth which aids in removing skin if roasting. They ripen from green to a rich red color. The Stocky Red Roaster Chile plants grow between 2-3 feet tall.












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Stocky Golden Roaster

(Capsicum annuum)



This is an extremely sweet Italian frying or roasting type pepper. It was developed by a plant breeder in Oregon. The Stocky Golden Roaster is the Golden Orange variant of the Stocky Red Roaster. They produce fruits that are about 6 inches long and about 2 inches wide at the stem. They are very smooth which aids in removing skin when roasting. They ripen from green to a nice golden orange color. The Stocky Golden Roaster chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.











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Joelenes Rustic Italian

(Capsicum annuum)



This is an extremely sweet Italian frying or roasting type pepper. It was developed by a plant breeder in Oregon. It is an original Oregon State/Corvallis Farm Variety. The Joelenes Rustic Italian fruits can get up to 9 inches long and have a nice thick flesh. They ripen to a rich red color. They have a very smooth skin which comes off easy when roasting. The Joelenes Rustic Italian chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.












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Gatherers Gold

(Capsicum annuum)



This is an extremely sweet Italian frying or roasting type pepper. It was developed by a plant breeder in Oregon. It is an original farm variety from Oregon State University. These golden orange fruits can get up to 10 inches long and be over 2 inches wide at the stem. They are very similar in appearance and flavor to the Golden Treasure from Italy. The Gatherers Gold chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.












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Corno di Toro Red

(Capsicum annuum)



The Corno di Toro pepper is an Italian heirloom that is both sweet and spicy. It can have a mild to medium heat depending on growing conditions. It has a bull horn shape and that is why it is also called the Bull's Horn pepper. The name of this pepper translates into "Horn of the Bull". The Corno di Toro pepper tapers to a point at the end and grows over 8 inches in length. The Corno di Toro Red chile plants grow between 3-4 feet tall. The peppers are great for roasting, frying, stuffing and salads.











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Corno di Toro Yellow

(Capsicum annuum)



The Corno di Toro pepper is an Italian heirloom that is both sweet and spicy. It can have a mild to medium heat depending on growing conditions. It has a bull horn shape and that is why it is also called the Bull's Horn pepper. The name of this pepper translates into "Horn of the Bull". The Corno di Toro pepper tapers to a point at the end and grows over 8 inches in length. The Corno di Toro Red chile plants grow between 3-4 feet tall. The peppers are great for roasting, frying, stuffing and salads.








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