Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jimmy Nardello Heirloom Sweet Peppers

I've been frying and eating my homegrown Jimmy Nardello sweet peppers. They are oh so good.  I highly recommend them for the home vegetable garden.  The seeds are available from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange.

The story behind these heirlooms is "This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy."   

This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily and has such a rich flavor that this variety has been placed in "The Ark of Taste" by the Slow Food organization. Ripens a deep red, is very prolific, and does well in most areas.  The peppers mature in 80 days with glossy red 10 inch long peppers.  

They are such a taste treat when sauteed with a little olive oil.  I really enjoy the flavor and the satisfaction of growing my taste treats!

Below is a photo of this beautiful pepper growing in the garden.

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