Today’s Harvest Basket September 3, 2014
Tomatoes and Peppers galore! Bell, Jalapeño, Habanero, Felicity peppers
Hot and sweet peppers. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
Chile, “Classic Jalapeño” Pepper, hot
Felicity, sweet pepper, no heat.
Red Bell Pepper, sweet
Arkansas Traveler, Martian Giant, Brandywine and assorted cherry tomatoes.
One slice will cover the bread on a BLT.
Big old Brandywine was so heavy, it dropped off, stripping the vine’s exterior by several inches.
From an old line of Brandywines, known as the Sudduth’s strain.
Sudduth’s strain comes from tomato collector Ben Quisenberry in 1980. He got it from Dorris Sudduth Hill whose family grew it for over 100 years.
Big pink beefsteak-like fruits can grow up to 2 pounds on indeterminate vines.
This is the tomato by which all others are measured for taste. Brandywine is a consistent winner in tomato taste contests. The intense tomato flavor is the perfect balance of acid and sweet taste.
Bright and crisp
These little peppers are crisp and sweet. I ate the first ripe pepper right in the garden. I’m growing a few chilies and several different mild or bell peppers. These mini bell pepper plants are compact and heavy producers. Baby bells are a good choice for growing in containers.
There are truly a rainbow of colors for bell peppers. Try something new, like Baby Bells, beautiful in the garden and tasty in recipes. The green peppers are not as sweet and sometimes more bitter than the red, yellow or orange peppers. Bell peppers are at their sweetest when allowed to ripen on the plant in full sun.
Red peppers also have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers. Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamins C and A. One raw pepper provides more vitamin C than one cup of orange juice.
Red Baby Bells
The red and yellow baby bell peppers are beautiful together on an antipasto plate or in a big summer salad. This pepper seed is easy to find in several catalogs.
I got my seed at Renee’s Garden. I like that both the red and yellow peppers came in one seed pack. After all, how many pepper plants does a home gardener need?