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Hot chili peppers have been consumed in Mexico and South America for over 5,000 years. The ancient Aztecs had at least 7 different words for peppers. They were used as a kind of currency by the Incas. The Spanish conquest brought peppers to Europe by the 1500's, where they then traveled the world over, reaching and enriching many cuisines.

Many people like the safe, non-addicting "thrill" of hot chile peppers. I offer rare, ornamental hot and sweet peppers in a rainbow of colors, (even stripes!) , which are sure to please any gardener. Heirloom peppers are beautiful, high yielding and one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Some of the rare non-bell type sweet peppers I offer are so sweet you will never go back to the supermarket types again. Because I have found some great rare varieties from northern climates, like the former Soviet bloc nations, now all of you gardeners in cold weather zones can enjoy ripe sweet peppers, that you never dreamed of eating before. And remember, don't ever judge a pepper by its looks, it can be devilishly deceiving!


 

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SWEET PEPPERS

click to see fullsized photo NEW FOR 2016! ~ MAMI HUBER'S STUFFING PEPPER~ VERY RARE!~
(Capsicum annuum) ~ Local Lancaster County, PA Mennonite Heirloom Pepper ~

When I first heard about this rare beauty I thought for sure it was the same exact stuffing pepper as the one I have been selling for several years on my  Amishland Heirloom Seeds website called "DOORKNOB SWEET PEPPER". So I aquired a few seeds and planted them to do a side by side comparism. This Lancaster County, Pennsylvania heirloom was bred and saved during the 1920s by Mammi Huber, an Old Order (horse and buggy) Mennonite who ran a farm stand near Hinkletown, (translates as "chicken town") Pennsylvania.

It turned out to be an entirely different plant altogether! The history is somewhat similar, since "Doorknob" is from another Huber family (same name which is quite common here), who live not far from Hinkletown, so I assumed it would be the same. "Mami Huber's Stuffing Pepper" has 4 lobes and really reminds me of the "Amish Pimiento Pepper" which it looks nearly identical to. The "Doorknob" is actually very smooth just like its namesake. "Mami Huber's" is very prolific but somewhat later than "Doorknob" too. Like many sweet peppers in the PA Dutch community, they were usually stuffed (often with cabbage) and pickled with spices in large crocks. The Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans loved to preserve the bounty of their gardens often by pickling. So be the first to grow out this wondrous pepper which is also just super for salads and fresh eating too due to its sweetness.

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click to see fullsized photo NEW FOR 2016!~ OBRIY UKRAINIAN SWEET RED PEPPER~
ONLY USA SOURCE ! ~ Very cold hardy! ~

I got seeds for this spectacular sweet pepper from my friend Tanya in Ukraine. They are what is called a "tomato" pepper due to it being big, round and shaped like a tomato. It is  ribbed slightly and a wonderful deep red when fully ripe. The Europeans don't eat peppers green like we do, preferring the much sweeter, ripe red stage. This large sweet pepper will turn brilliant, deep crimson quite early in any climate. This was the earliest to ripen fully red in my zone 6A garden. And it just keeps on pumping out huge fruit right through several hard frosts. I think this would make a superb market  grower's pepper as it is dependable and can take the heat as well severe cold. And the taste -just CANDY SWEET with very thick walls. To the best of my knowledge I am the only commercial source of this sweet pepper in the USA.

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~ GOLDFINGER HOT CHILI PEPPER~ FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE ! ~

When I saw that my friend Tanya in Ukraine had seed for this neat sounding pepper I just had to grow it. I mean Goldfinger, the iconic James Bond movie, is indelibly imprinted into our culture. In 1964 when it came out, I was 12, and Daddy always took me to rather inappropriate movies for little girls. I had seen all the war movies of that era: The Longest Day, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Guns of Navarone, Lawrence of Arabia, Von Ryan's Express, etc. Well, you get the picture. And Daddy took me to the two earlier Bond movies, Dr. No, and of course From Russia with Love as well. Not one other little girl at school had seen any of these films except me.

At any rate, what with my Russian/Belarusian/Ukrainian connection in seeds, it seemed like a brilliant addition to offer "Goldfinger Hot Chili Pepper" to my seed stock. Very bushy and extremely lovely, ornamental plant. Just gorgeous with all the pointed little fruit in all colors of ripeness from white, to purple, to deep gold gold to deep crimson. All at the same time. Plants were about 3-feet tall and wider than they were tall. Like all the former USSR vegetables, these are extremely cold hardy. Today on November 22, it is 40 degrees with a wind chill of 20. I do have a light layer of Reemay agricultural row cover on the plants and I have been covering them up at night. They have been doing super - Well my patient fellow chiliheads, finally you are rewarded with "gold" - The GOLDFINGER HOT CHILI PEPPER is finally ready for sale!

ONE PACK = 10 OF MY FRESH ORGANICALLY GROWN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo BACK FOR 2016! ~ AMY SWEET WHITE HUNGARIAN PEPPER~
EXCLUSIVE, Only USA source!~

The original seeds for these white Hungarian peppers I am offering this year come from one of my best customers from Illinois. This is what he had to say when I asked for more information on their background: "He has collected Hungarian white pepper seeds from all over the world (Hungary, Romania, California) and these are some of his favorites.Hungarian white peppers are VERY RARE in the USA. They don't have the Chlorophyll (stuff that makes American bell peppers green) in them.The taste is unlike any other pepper that you can buy in stores in the USA.They are addicting to say the least. Mild but very flavorful!!!Very good for making authentic Hungarian dishes in the kitchen. I might add that all the seeds originally came from Hungary. The man that I got the seeds from in California is a true Hungarian transplant from Hungary."

And I might add that all of the Hungarian peppers I grew this season from his seeds are way beyond my expectations. Sweetness that is indescribable, like candy only better. 

Pictured is the sweet white pepper he labelled "Amy." It is in its fully ripe stage at a red color. This was another real winner in the "gang of four" of Hungarian sweet peppers. Their amazing sweetness is coupled with a juicy pepper crunch. Fruits are large, and looked a bit like the Feher Ozon Pepper but much slimmer. They also grew in bunches on the tos of the branches, not singly like the other 3 sweet stuffing peppers. They were 4 to 5 inches long with very few seeds. The prolific, beautiful fruits are borne on mostly 4 foot tall plants. These are excellent for stuffing, drying for making authentic Paprika, and for letscho. Letscho is a traditional sweet pepper stew used also as a condiment (a nice easy recipe is in my Recipe section). Since I have Hungarian blood from my Mother's father, I am particularly happy to be able to offer all 4 varieties of these white peppers. To the best of my knowledge I am the only source in the USA of these rare peppers.

ONE PACK = 10 OF MY OWN FRESH ORGANICALLY RAISED SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo BACK AGAIN FOR 2016 "SWEET WHITE STUFFING" HUNGARIAN PEPPER~ EXCLUSIVE, Only USA source!~ LIMITED QUANTITY OF SEEDS~ ORDER EARLY!

The original seeds for all 6 of these white Hungarian peppers I am now offering come from one of my best customers from Illinois. This is what he had to say when I asked for more information on their background: "I have collected Hungarian white pepper seeds from all over the world (Hungary, Romania, California) and these are some of his favorites. Hungarian white peppers are VERY RARE in the USA. They don't have the Chlorophyll (stuff that makes American bell peppers green) in them. The taste is unlike any other pepper that you can buy in stores in the USA. They are addicting to say the least. Mild but very flavorful!!! Very good for making authentic Hungarian dishes in the kitchen. I might add that all the seeds originally came from Hungary. The man that I got the seeds from in California is a true Hungarian transplant from Hungary."

click to see fullsized photoAnd I might add that all of the Hungarian peppers I grew from his seeds are way beyond my expectations. Sweetness that is indescribable, like candy only better. He also sent me seeds for 2 hot white peppers. Pictured is the sweet white pepper he labelled just "Sweet White Stuffing Pepper." This was another real winner in the "gang of four" of Hungarian sweet peppers. Their amazing sweetness is coupled with a juicy pepper crunch. Fruits are large, and looked a lot like the "Feher Ozon" pepper. They were 4 to 6 inches long with very few seeds. The prolific, beautiful fruits are borne on mostly 4 to 5 foot tall plants. These are excellent for stuffing, drying for making authentic Paprika, and for letscho. Letscho is a traditional sweet pepper stew used also as a condiment (a nice easy recipe is in my Recipe section). Since I have Hungarian blood from my Mother's father, I am particularly happy to be able to offer all 4 varieties of these white peppers. To the best of my knowledge I am the only source in the USA of these rare peppers. LIMITED QUANTITY OF SEEDS~ ORDER EARLY!

ONE PACK = 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo BACK FOR 2016! ~CECE HUNGARIAN WHITE STUFFING PEPPER~
EXCLUSIVE, Only USA source!~

The original seeds for all 6 of these white Hungarian peppers I am offering this year come from one of my best customers from Illinois.This is what he had to say when I asked for more information on their background: "I  have collected Hungarian white pepper seeds from all over the world (Hungary, Romania, California) and these are some of his favorites. Hungarian white peppers are VERY RARE in the USA. They don't have the Chlorophyll (stuff that makes American bell peppers green) in them. The taste is unlike any other pepper that you can buy in stores in the USA.They are addicting to say the least. Mild but very flavorful!!!Very good for making authentic Hungarian dishes in the kitchen. I might add that all the seeds originally came from Hungary. The man that I got the seeds from in California is a true Hungarian transplant from Hungary."

And I might add that all of the Hungarian peppers I grew this season from his seeds are way beyond my expectations. Sweetness that is indescribable, like candy only better. He also sent me seeds for 2 hot white peppers. Pictured is the sweet white pepper he labelled "CeCe." This was another real winner in the "gang of four" of Hungarian sweet peppers. Their amazing sweetness is coupled with a juicy pepper crunch. Fruits are large, and slimmer than the others. They were 4 inches long with very few seeds. The prolific, beautiful fruits are borne on mostly 5 foot tall plants. These are excellent for stuffing, drying for making authentic Paprika, and for letscho. Letscho is a traditional sweet pepper stew used also as a condiment (a nice easy recipe is in my Recipe section). Since I have Hungarian blood from my Mother's father, I am particularly happy to be able to offer all 4 varieties of these white peppers. To the best of my knowledge I am the only source in the USA of these rare peppers. LIMITED AMOUNTS- ORDER EARLY!

ONE PACK = 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo ~FEHER ORZON PEPPER~ aka Fehér Özön, Feherozon ~ (translates from Hungarian as 'White Stream' or 'White Torrent') ~WAY SWEET Hungarian heirloom ~

The original seeds for all 6 of these white Hungarian peppers I am offering this year come from one of my best customers from Illinois. This is what he had to say when I asked for more information on their background: "He has collected Hungarian white pepper seeds from all over the world (Hungary, Romania, California) and these are some of his favorites. Hungarian white peppers are VERY RARE in the USA. They don't have the Chlorophyll (stuff that makes American bell peppers green) in them.The taste is unlike any other pepper that you can buy in stores in the USA. They are addicting to say the least. Mild but very flavorful!!! Very good for making authentic Hungarian dishes in the kitchen. I might add that all the seeds originally came from Hungary. The man that I got the seeds from in California is a true Hungarian transplant from Hungary."

And I might add that all of the Hungarian peppers I grew this season from his seeds are way beyond my expectations. Sweetness that is indescribable, like candy only better. He also sent me seeds for 2 hot white peppers.

click to see fullsized photoPictured is "Fehrer Orzon" the only sweet white Hungarian pepper available commercially in this country. Just for comparison, I ordered seeds from a good commercial source. My fruits were larger and heavier and just all around better. As you can see in the photos this starts out white then ripens to yellow, then orange, then bright red for a rainbow of beauty on each plant. Their amazing sweetness is coupled with a juicy pepper crunch. Fruits are large, 4 to 6 inches long with very few seeds. The prolific, beautiful fruits are borne on 4+ foot tall plants. Some of my plants got closer to 5 feet tall. These are excellent for stuffing, drying for making authentic Paprika, and for letscho. Letscho is a traditional sweet pepper stew used also as a condiment (a nice easy recipe is in my Recipe section). Since I have Hungarian blood from my Mother's father, I am particularly happy to be able to offer all 4 varieties of these white peppers.

ONE PACK = 20 of my own fresh organically grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo BACK FOR 2015! ~ RATUND BULGARIAN HEIRLOOM PEPPER~ previously called: Rotunda Sweet Pepper Very Cold Hardy!~ RARE ~

I got my original seed to this from my great Ukrainian gardener friend, Lydmilla. She called this Rotund and I assumed she meant rotunda as it was round and her English isn't so good. Now I have just discovered that it is actually a Bulgarian Heirloom called " RATUND", and the misspelling had thrown me. I apologize for the confusion. Bulgarian collector Hristo Hristov brought this to our attention. This is a super sweet tomato shaped sweet pepper. Very cold hardy and keeps on ripening until November here in Amishland. It grows on 4+ sturdy plants and is impervious to cold and even light frosts! With agricultural row cover over it, it even made it through several hard frosts! Thick walls and few seeds make this a great sweet pepper. Could be used for stuffed peppers but it should be allowed to ripen to deep red. In the green state it's not so wonderful as when fully ripe and totally sweet. "Ratund" had an unusual trait, it actually grew cute teensy little peppers inside too when allowed to take its time to ripen. For all you northern gardeners who never get a ripe red pepper, "Ratund" is the one for you to grow.

ONE PACK = 20 of my own fresh organically grown seeds


click to see fullsized photo Back for 2016!~ "DOORKNOB" SWEET PEPPER - Rare Local Mennonite Heirloom - INCREASED SEED AMOUNTS !

Marian and Martha Huber are identical twins whom I have known for some time. They look so much alike I can never tell them apart -ever. They belong to a conservative plain Mennonite sect and drive what we call locally "black bumper" cars. These are black sedans with all the chrome and "flashy" parts painted black in order to be "plain." They are both unmarried and just live for their extensive gardens full of produce and flowers. They build rows of the craziest "scarecrow ladies" you have ever seen in their huge gardens. These "scareladies" are known far and wide locally for their inventive costumes and hats. People drive way out of their way just to see them. Marian and Martha "put up" (can in glass jars) most of their own food. They raise Saffron as a money making proposition. I recently visited them during saffron harvest season in October. They had noted on the calender they had picked over 600 flowers that morning. The world's most expensive spice, saffron is actually the 3 tiny stamens inside each saffron crocus.

I consider myself so lucky that Marian and Martha kindly shared their favorite old fashioned sweet pepper with me which they called "Doorknob Pepper." The resemblance to a doorknob is obvious. This is a local heirloom that Marian said they have always grown. They didn't know much history on it and I have scoured our local Lancaster County countryside for years, visiting Old Order Mennonite and Amish farms, and I have never seen this pepper before.

I am truly excited about this sweet delectable surprise. It is very prolific and was still producing ripe, red fruit in mid November. It grows on sturdy, very bushy 3 foot tall plants and is just smothered in round red beauties. The flesh is very thick and very sweet. When you cut it open there is barely any empty space like in most peppers. It is just solid sweet flesh. It lends itself to any pepper dish. Marian says they use it in their relishes like the PA Dutch "Chow Chow" too. Be the first to grow my newly rediscovered local Lancaster County heirloom in your own garden.

**Please be sure to look at another heirloom on the new LIMA, YARD LONG AND TEPARY BEAN PAGE that Marian and Martha shared with me, which according to the research of my "beany"  friend Cliff, we are calling "Huber Twins' Florida Butter Bean Mix."

ONE PACK = 20 OF MY OWN ORGANICALLY GROWN SEEDS


click to see fullsized photo SWEET YELLOW STUFFING PEPPER (genuine Amish heirloom)
I got seeds of this little miniature bell pepper with an Amish history dating back to the 1950's from a local farm in the village of Landis Valley, near the city of Lancaster. The locals serve them stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter, sometimes pickled whole. I was pleasantly surprised with these cute little mini bell sweet peppers. They only grew 2 inches across at the most. They really were perfect little miniatures and kept on growing so prolifically, despite the fact that I grew them in containers. Tiny little bushes too. These are an apartment dweller's delight. Imagine a summer's worth of tiny fresh sweet peppers right on your window sill or fire escape. Perfect to put on a kabob on the grill too. Cute and fun to grow for children of all ages. And as a plus they make the most darling Martha Stewart worthy appetizers when stuffed with crabmeat or spinach or whatever. Not just a novelty, these are really gourmet quality in a miniature.
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click to see fullsized photo BACK FOR 2015!~ AMISH PIMIENTO SWEET PEPPER -RARE- GENUINE AMISH HEIRLOOM- ORDER EARLY!

Sweet as an apple! It doesn't get any sweeter than these bright red, round beauties! 2" by 4" squat round fruits are sweet enough to eat like an apple. Very compact 1-2 ft plants pump out lots of these wonderful fruits. Ripens early.These are my absolute favorite sweet peppers. Nothing else comes close except for my heirloom "Doorknob Sweet Pepper" which is quite similar in sweetness and wonderfulness. I am one of the only seed companies offering the "Amish Pimiento". Be sure to order this one early as it always sells out fast. Those who tasted this before always want more of these succulent sweet peppers.

ONE PACK = 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds

HOT PEPPERS

click to see fullsized photoBACK FOR 2016! ~ GABI HUNGARIAN WHITE HOT PEPPER~
EXCLUSIVE~ LIMITED QUANTITY ~ ORDER EARLY ~ Only USA source!

Only USA source! The original seeds for all of these white Hungarian peppers I am offering this year come from one of my best customers from Illinois.This is what he had to say when I asked for more information on their background: "He has collected Hungarian white pepper seeds from all over the world (Hungary, Romania, California) and these are some of his favorites. Hungarian white peppers are VERY RARE in the USA. They don't have the Chlorophyll (stuff that makes American bell peppers green) in them.The taste is unlike any other pepper that you can buy in stores in the USA. They are addicting to say the least. Mild but very flavorful!!! Very good for making authentic Hungarian dishes in the kitchen. I might add that all the seeds originally came from Hungary. The man that I got the seeds from in California is a true Hungarian transplant from Hungary."

And I might add that all of the Hungarian peppers I grew from his seeds are way beyond my expectations.  He also sent me seeds for 2 hot white peppers.This is one of them  It is extremely rare to have a long fat hot pepper that is pure white.

This is the white pepper he labelled GABI WHITE HOT PEPPER. It was another real winner out of the six Hungarian peppers he originally sent me seeds for. Fruits are long, much slimmer and more curled than the others. They were 3 to 4 inches long with very few seeds. They weren't way hot but still had some heat for sure. The prolific, beautiful fruits are borne on mostly 3 to 4 foot tall plants. These are excellent for drying for making authentic hot style Paprika, and for a hotter version of letscho. Letscho is a traditional pepper stew used also as a condiment. (a nice easy recipe is in my Recipe section) Since I have Hungarian blood from my Mother's father, I am particularly happy to be able to offer all these varieties of these white peppers. To the best of my knowledge I am the only source in the USA of these rare peppers.

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click to see fullsized photo THE FRENCH CROSS PEPPER MIX
I got my original seeds from France for a very rare sweet pepper which had an unusual shape and thin walls. When I grew it out however, it must have been seriously crossed as I got 5 different types of peppers! Yes, that is an extraordinary amount of genetic diversity even from a cross. So what was a "cirque du soleil" (circus of the sun) for me will be lots of fun for you to grow. You will get the shapes in my photo and who knows what else. Most of the peppers were mildly hot with some sweet, and some  a bit hotter. A range of heat. The one I was aiming for looked like the pretty, wrinkled peppers at the top of the bowl. So, why don't you clown around and have some fun in the garden?

1 pack of 30 of my own fresh organically grown pepper seeds


BACK AGAIN! PETER PIPER'S PECK O'PEPPERS MIX ~MOSTLY HOT VARIETIES!~

I got a little creative here with the name. But this is a fun mix. I help with and donate seeds for a demonstration garden of traditional varieties at a local Pennsylvania German living history farm museum, called Historic Schaefferstown Inc. For reasons of authenticity, I can't do my usual separation of peppers there with ag fabric and so forth. But the peppers grew splendidly this summer and many were very rare ones. So I collected these fruits and am offering them to you as a fun hot pepper mix. Please bear in mind these have most likely crossed, so they may not grow the same as their authentic parents were this year, but it will still be a fun and affordable way to grow out some amazing hot peppers. Included as the original parents in this mix are: “Yellow Hinkelhatz-Chickenheart", "Martin's Carrot Pepper", "Long Hot Italian" (not my original seed, so I don't know its real name), "Fish Pepper -striped in green stage”, and a few more. Also, there may be a few sweet peppers thrown in like "Tolli's Italian." You can read my detailed descriptions of these peppers elsewhere on this page. Have yourself some hot fun in the garden this summer!

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click to see fullsized photo RED CHICKENHEART HOT CHILE PEPPER aka ROTE HINKELHATZ PEPPER --VERY RARE ~ ARK OF TASTE SELECTION ~

This is the red variant of the Hinkelhatz Pepper. These hot peppers are one of the very oldest varieties preserved by the Pennsylvania Dutch German people. Although this has been described as an Amish Heirloom, it is not, but it does come from the same area in Lancaster County and environs where the Amish and Mennonites live. These hot peppers have been cultivated in this area for over 150 years! Its name perfectly describes the shape and size of these extremely hot peppers. These hot little beauties are used almost exclusively in pickled form by the PA Dutch, although they also cook and puree the peppers to make a "pepper vinegar" similar to Tabasco sauce, which is used on sauerkraut and other dishes.
     A recipe appears in 1848 in Die Geschickte Hausfrau. Prolific, long-season plants. Very ornamental, on compact 1-1/2 to 2 foot bushes. Very resistant to all bugs and disease. Also very cold hardy for a chile pepper. These peppers grew well until hard frost here in my Zone 6A garden. Please see the other color YELLOW CHICKENHEART HOT PEPPER - GEELI HINKELHATZ that I also sell.
     Both the Red and Yellow Hinkelhatz Peppers are listed on the Ark of Taste of Slow Food USA which describes the Ark as "a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction." By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates. To my knowledge, I am one of only 4 commercial USA seed sources of this rare historical pepper. If you want to read more fascinating history on this and the "YELLOW CHICKENHEART HOT PEPPER - GEELI HINKELHATZ" and the "MARTIN'S CARROT HOT CHILE PEPPER " please click on the article William Woys Weaver recently wrote in "The Mother Earth News" , where they are mentioned midway through the aricle.

ONE PACK = ONE WHOLE DRIED PEPPER POD - about 10 - 15+ seeds


click to see fullsized photo YELLOW CHICKENHEART PEPPER - in PA German: GEELI HINKELHATZ PEPPERS~ RARE- INCREASED SEED AMOUNT! ~ ONE OF ONLY 3 SEED SOURCES IN USA!~ARK OF TASTE SELECTION

These hot peppers are one of the very oldest varieties preserved by the Pennsylvania Dutch Germans. Although this has been described as an Amish Heirloom, it is not, but it does come from the same area in Lancaster County and environs that the Amish live in. These hot peppers have been cultivated in this area for over 150 years! Its name perfectly describes the shape and size of these extremely hot peppers. These hot little beauties are used almost exclusively in pickled form by the PA Dutch, although they also cook and puree the peppers to make a "pepper vinegar" similar to Tabasco sauce, which is used on sauerkraut and other dishes.
       A recipe appears in 1848 in Die Geschickte Hausfrau. Prolific, long-season plants. Very ornamental, on compact 1-1/2 to 2 foot bushes. Very resistant to all bugs and disease. Also very cold hardy for a pepper. These peppers grew well until hard frost here in my Zone 6a garden. I also will be selling the very rare red variant of the Hinkelhatz pepper. To my knowledge, I am one of only 2 USA seed sources for this rare pepper!
      Both the Red and Yellow Hinkelhatz Peppers are listed on the Ark of Taste of Slow Food USA which describes the Ark as "a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.
       If you want to read more fascinating history on this and the "RED CHICKENHEART HOT PEPPER - ROTE HINKELHATZ" and the "MARTIN'S CARROT HOT CHILE PEPPER" please click on the article William Woys Weaver recently wrote in "The Mother Earth News", where they are mentioned midway through the aricle.

ONE PACK = ONE WHOLE DRIED PEPPER POD - about 10 - 15+ seeds


click to see fullsized photoBACK FOR 2016! MARTIN'S CARROT HOT CHILE PEPPER - ~RARE LOCAL MENNONITE HEIRLOOM ~

This is very rare and old heirloom hot pepper introduced and developed by the horticulturist Jacob B. Garber (1800-1886) of Lancaster County, PA. It was preserved for many years by the Martin family of Ephrata Pennsylvania. Here is some more oral history on this rare pepper as told in an interview with PBS by William Woys Weaver author of Heirloom Vegetable Gardening (now out of print):
    "One of my favorite stories is about the Martin Carrot Pepper. Mrs. Martin was an Old Order Amish woman in Lancaster County, PA who had an extraordinary vegetable garden and produce stand along Rt. 322 near Ephrata, PA. She walked around barefoot in the summer, pulled her wagon with a mule called Beverly, and always wore handmade aprons. I came to know her very well because I stopped by her produce stand often. In fact, I made a beeline for it when I was in the neighborhood.
     One October I was in the area and decided to pay Mrs. Martin a visit. I stopped along the road but her produce stand was empty and closed up. That was odd because not only did she sell her own produce, she brokered fruit and vegetables for other women in the area, with a keen eye for quality. On a whim, I decided to get out of the car and knock on the door of her house (I do not normally like to intrude on Amish farms that way), because some kind of an alarm bell went off in my head. A woman answered the door, an Amish woman in her forties. When I asked her for Mrs. Martin, she informed me that her mother had died and that she was cleaning out the house. I was appalled. "What will happen to her wonderful seeds?" I asked. "Do you want them?" responded her daughter. I took all she could spare and then some, and spent the rest of the day helping her sweep out the house.
     If I hadn't gone to that door, I would never have gotten Mrs. Martin's Carrot Pepper, an old-time heirloom stuffing pepper that ripens orange and grows just like a bush full of carrots. It's a nice ornamental pepper, but it also reminds me of Mrs. Martin and her 80-odd years of gardening. Her smiling spirit still moves through her plants."
     He also talks about this pepper on page 261 of that book. He says that the Pennsylvania Dutch often pickle it and then serve it as an hors d'oeuvre stuffed with peanut butter, and served with pretzels and beer! The Old Order Mennonites (religious sect similar to Amish) knew it as the "Mordipeffer" or "Mordis Geelriewe peffer" (which translates as "Carrot yellow-colored pepper”). It is a smooth podded relative of the Jalapeno. It has a medium narrow, carrot shaped fruit resembling the "Early Horn Carrot," short and blocky. The flavor is great and is medium warm, not too hot.
     This pepper is extremely rare and it took me five years to acquire the genuine seeds that grew true to its history and description. I had done a seed trade several years ago, and received seeds that were not this pepper. Then I went directly to William Woys Weaver to get the true seeds. It grows on rather bushy plants about 2-1/2 feet tall. It really turns a great orange color when ripening and truly looks like a carrot. This is a unique and very rare early Pennsylvania variety. The pointed 3 to 3-1/2 inch pods turn red when fully ripe. I feel very fortunate to finally have the true strain of seed for this great Pennsylvania German heirloom hot pepper. To my knowledge, I am one of only two commercial USA seed sources of this rare historical pepper.
     If you want to read more fascinating history on this and the "RED CHICKENHEART HOT PEPPER - ROTE HINKELHATZ" and the " YELLOW CHICKENHEART OR GEELI HINKLEHATZ HOT PEPPER" please click on the article William Woys Weaver recently wrote in "The Mother Earth News" where they are mentioned midway through the aricle)

ONE PACK = 10 FRESH ORGANICALLY GROWN SEEDS


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