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Hot Pepper - Large Red Cherry

80 Days from transplant

Tall, heavy yielding plants; Germinate at 75-80F. Heavy crops of round RED HOT peppers. VERY HOT, nearly round, deep green, 1 to 1-1/4 inch fruits turn cherry red. Walls are medium thick. Continuous fruiting over a long season.

Cherry peppers remain some of the most popular peppers to grow at home, since they don't require a large space. They do need full sun, and should definitely not be planted until after the last frost of the year. Frost can kill young seedlings quite easily. Although it's rare, different species of peppers can be cross-pollinated by bees. If you're hoping for fairly mild peppers, make sure to not plant them next to any hot ones, or you might end up with hot peppers instead.

Cherry peppers are an ideal size for pickling or brining, and they also make for an excellent garnish on a dish. They should't be thought of as merely good for pickling or for decoration, since they are quite tasty. While pickling is certainly a viable way to treat cherry peppers, consider slicing them in halves for green or pasta salads. You can use either pickled or fresh peppers for this purpose. They're also excellent added to three bean salads, on top of pizza, or in sweet and sour dishes.

A popular trend with cherry peppers is to make deep-fried poppers. These are normally peppers that have been filled with cheese, coated and fried and you can simply pop them in the mouth.

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