Jimmy Nardello Pepper

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Jimmy Nardello Pepper (75 days from transplant)

Seed Package Contains 1/4 gram.  Approx. 30 seeds.

The Jimmy Nardello pepper originated in the small Southern Italian coastal town of Ruoti.  It is here over a 100 years ago Giuseppe Nardiello and wife Angela grew this sweet frying pepper.  Now Giuseppe and Angela like many folks had heard of the new opportunity in a place called America.  So, in 1887 they set sail from Naples landing in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  Of course they took their prized seeds with them to settle in their new home garden. The story goes the couple had 11 children, the 4th being named Jimmy.  Now how Jimmy's name stuck to the pepper I don't know, but I'm sure glad this sweet succulent pepper made its way here!

Jimmy Nardello peppers are sweet,crisp and light when eaten raw. Jimmy Nardello has long been considered one of the best frying peppers because their fruity raw flavor becomes creamy and soft when fried. When Jimmy Nardello turns from deep green to fire-engine red, fry like Giuseppe did in olive oil with fresh garlic and serve with your favorite entree.  Don't forget a glass of Sonoma County wine!

Jimmy Nardello fruits are red, long, tapering, thin-walled, and slightly curved, 3/4" to 1-1/4" at the shoulder and 6" to 9" long.

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Jimmy Naredello is listed on the Slow Foods "Ark of Taste"


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

Planting Tips for Heirloom Sweat Peppers:

Start these vegetable seeds indoors about 6-8 weekds 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 well if kept happy.

Only transplanted 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.


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  • Author: GeorgeC
    Jimmy's name stuck because he's the one who conserved the seeds and donated them to the first heritage seed bank that had them.
  • Author: TC
    Fully ripened this pepper is the frutiest, sweetest pepper I've tasted. Just amazing! Very thin walled, mine grow curvier than those pictured. Tastes great raw or cooked, in fact the full amount never makes it into a cooked dish since I will snack on it while cooking. It tastes like your average sweet pepper when green, but once it fully ripens it is like garden candy.

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