SEPTEMBER 2001

 

 

 

 

Spicy Puerto Rican No-Burn Pepper – Capsicum annuum

Origin – South America

 

 

 

 

This is probably the longest, most convoluted  name that I've ever included as a featured plant. But I couldn't get through a summer without talking about at least one pepper plant and this one is worth the kudos. So my advice to you is ignore the name and enjoy the peppers.

 A sweet pepper, the plant has crinkly leaves and produces many round red pods which resemble small Christmas tree ornaments. The fruits are about 1" in length, and " wide. They are borne erect and will drop off the plant when ripe (a blazing red color).

 The peppers are very good just eating out of hand and they yield a considerable amount of Vitamin C. I think that their flavor is more intensely sweet than any of the Bell peppers.

 They require 90 to 100 days to produce fruits, enjoying full sun, weekly fertilization and water as needed. This year's drought lengthened the time needed to produce peppers but didn't seem to affect their quantity like it did some of my other pepper plants.  

 All of my birds and neighboring wildlife consider the Spicy Puerto Rican No-Burn Pepper a real treat.  Sort of like a trip to the local candy store.