I’m growing a few capsicum varieties this year. All in pots; partially so I can overwinter them without having to dig them up from the beds, and partially because I ran out of bed space anyway.
The varieties I’m growing are: Sweet Mama which I bought as a well developed seedling ( a reasonably unsuccessful effort to get early fruit), Californian Wonder, Golden Californian Wonder (thanks Diana), Cherrytime (also thanks to Diana), Mini Mama, Topepo Rosso and these Purple Beauty all of which I grew from seed.
It is the Purple Beauty which have done best. I’m not sure whether that is because they were sown slightly earlier than some of the varieties, they cope better with growing in partial shade (unfortunately I can’t give my plants more than about 6 hours sun a day), or they are just more productive but what ever the reason I have been really pleased with them.
The fruits also have the added bonus of being fun to watch develop. They start off as a purple fruit with green flesh as pictured above and below:
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of green capsicums so I didn’t particularly enjoy eating them at this stage. However the outer skin goes on to turn first green;
and then the red you would normally associate with ripe peppers. This is the point when I enjoy them. Whilst they aren’t as sweet as some pepper varieties (this may be due, at least in part, to not getting enough sun) they are still pretty good and their thick flesh compensates.
This is my first year growing them and I probably should have waited to post on them until I’ve attempted to over winter them but I will update this post when I have. All in all I have been extremely pleased with them and just hope the load of fruit that they have set at the moment ripens before we get too far into winter.
Saturday Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting particular varieties of edible plants. If you have a favourite, or even a less than successful variety of a plant and would like to include it in the series then please leave a comment with a link below. I have created a page (above, just below the header) with an Index of all the Spotlights to date. I will add links to any new posts below and in next weeks post as well as ensuring they appear in the Index.
New Spotlights last week were:
Spotted Trout Lettuce – Our Happy Acres
Greek Gigante Beans – From Seed to Table
Tomatoes – City Garden, Country Garden
And from this week:
Flamingo Chard – From Seed to Table