Pepper Palooza on the Raincatcher’s Plant Sale
We decided final yr to fill the courtyard at Raincatcher’s backyard in 2022 with plenty of pepper vegetation. A few of the peppers will probably be grown to make use of in our highly regarded pepper jellies however a number of of those we chosen are for decorative functions. Decorative peppers are suitable for eating however they’re usually used for his or her enticing colour or decorative high quality quite than their taste. They’re usually thought-about too sizzling to eat by most individuals.
A favourite decorative pepper that you will note rising within the courtyard is the Fish pepper. Final summer season, we fell in love with this pepper plant rising within the edible backyard. In actual fact, most guests to the backyard requested us about this plant as a result of it’s so uncommon and exquisite. The Fish pepper is an African-American heirloom selection that dates again to the 1800’s. It’s a massive plant and the leaves vary from totally white to half inexperienced and totally inexperienced. I can testify to the truth that the peppers on this plant pack loads of warmth as I used to be requested to attempt it in preparation for the pepper class that was taught on the backyard final summer season!!!
Fidalgo Roxa is a pepper plant from Brazil and is taken into account to be “one in all a form.” The flowers are white and purple and the plant will ultimately be loaded with purple, pink and apricot coloured peppers. It’s described to have a fruity taste that’s within the higher mid warmth vary.
Cherry Bomb (AKA Sizzling Cherry Pepper) is one other selection that we selected to develop this yr. It’s a stunning compact plant with sensible pink cherry-like peppers. Regardless of its title, this pepper is described as having a warmth stage near a light jalapeno – medium warmth with a candy style. The pepper is fleshy and juicy and can be utilized as an alternative choice to jalapenos, in vinegars and is nice for stuffing and pickling.
Shishito pepper is a Japanese pepper selection that could be very stylish proper now. They’re simple to develop and yield loads of fruit in a brief time frame. The vegetation are compact and do properly in containers. They’ve skinny pores and skin which makes them excellent for fast frying, roasting and grilling. The pepper is taken into account to be mildly spicy however sometimes you may discover one that actually packs a punch!
And again by widespread demand, we now have grown extra of the Aji Dulce peppers for the sale this yr. This can be a enjoyable plant with pink and inexperienced lantern formed peppers. They’re candy and can be utilized in lots of recipes. In case you learn the article I wrote for this weblog final yr, you’ll do not forget that the seeds got here from Puerto Rico from my good pal Paco. We have had several requests for this “Paco” pepper plant from people who bought and grew this plant last year!!!
The Raincatcher’s plant sale is on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Midway Hills Christian Church (11001 Midway Road, Dallas 75229). You gained’t need to miss out on this chance to fill your yard with stunning and helpful pepper vegetation. Different pepper varieties can even be obtainable together with many annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, yuccas, floor covers, and so forth. Hope to see you there!!!
Jackie James, Dallas County Grasp Gardener Class of 1993