Hot Portugal Pepper Seeds

Hot Portugal Pepper Seeds

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Hot Portugal Pepper Seeds (64 days)


.25 grams per seed package/Seed Package Contains Approx. 30-45 heirloom pepper seeds.

Introduced by Joseph Harris & Co. in 1935 (See Picture Below)

Hot Portugal is a sturdy pepper plant that is vigorous in growth and it is this structure that provides large numbers of fruit. 

Peppers are an average of 6-7" long and about 1 1/2" at the shoulder tapering to a point. 

Hot Portugal peppers start off green and soon turn into a glossy lipstick red. 

Ripens early compared to other peppers making it a perfect pepper for market.


1935 Joseph Harris Seed Company catalog says about Hot Portugal Pepper Seed....

"This is the best large "hot" red pepper we know.  If you want large hot peppers you should try the new Hot Portugal.  It is the largest pepper of this type we have seen and is very hot.  The fruit averages 6" long or more, is bright red when ripe and is very freely borne on sturdy upright plants."

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¼" 110-130 75-85° 7-10 24" 12-18" 40 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Hot Peppers:

Start these vegetable seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before your last frost date.  Be sure to keep them in a warm place so that the soil temperature stays above 75°.  Young heirloom pepper plants like it to stay warm and will develope best if kept happy.

Only transplante after the heirloom pepper seedlings have shown several sets of their true leaves and only once you are sure the outside soil temperature is consistently above 65°.  

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


4 cups of hot peppers (serrano, jalapeno, Thai, etc.)
1 1/2 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 onion chopped
2 TBSP black peppercorns
2 TBSP salt
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP coriander seeds
Cut the large peppers into 1/4 inch rings and simply pierce the very small peppers a few times, or you can cut all peppers into 1 inch pieces.  this will depend on how you wish to eat them.
Pack the peppers into 1 qt jar.
Place all remaining ingredients into a pot or medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour the hot brine into the jar of peppers, place lids, and seal.
Serve within a month, and refrigerate after opening.
Note** To seal the jar you can either place it on a canning rack or directly into a pot with the water filled up to cover the whole jar.  Bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes.
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