ISSUE 39  |  Old Meets New

Grow the World’s Rarest Peppers: Yours for $2.50

September 28, 2012 3:00 PM

BY Maria Finn

Spotted recently at the National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa, a plethora of peppers–both hot and mild–that got us excited for the onset of chili season:

Photographs by Marla Aufmuth for Gardenista.

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Above: Recommended for containers and small space gardens, Chinese Five Color peppers are $2.50 for a packet of seeds from Baker Creek.

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From Filius Blue to Fish to Black Hungarian peppers, a good source for dozens of varieties is Baker Creek; for those three types, seeds are from $2.50 to $2.75 per packet depending on the variety.


Above: Non profit Seed Savers Exchange, established in 1975, has more than 60 kinds of pepper seeds on offer.


Above: For more heirlooms, see “Who Says a Cucumber Has to Be Green?