Peppers are one of the few vegetable crops that can survive the South Florida summer and become a perennial vegetable plant. A perennial plant is one that lasts more than two years, or seasons, and many of our traditional western european veggie crops are annuals, meaning they only survive one year of production. We have some pepper plants at the farm that are huge bushes in their second year making lots of new fruit!
Through the season we hope to include a number of varieties for you to enjoy. One of our favorites is the "biscayne" cubanelle pepper, which is a larger elongaged thin walled pepper good for quick cooking, or for pickling. Pepperoncini, cupid and lipstick are other varieties that we grow throughout the season, they can be picked and eaten either green or red. We've noticed that, as with tomatoes, its easier to grow a smaller fruit than it is a big one, so if we include a larger pepper like a traditional full sized bell pepper its most likely from a farm slightly north of us, like Worden Farm, in Punta Gorda. This is our go-to recipe
for pickling peppers, for sandwiches and tasty treats. If you like them spicy its easy to just add some spicier peppers too!
a not-intimidating recipe for small peppers stuffed with cheese.