Harvest Spotlight: Pizza My Heart Peppers

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bell peppers are easy to grow in containers, especially when you buy a variety the flourishes in small spaces. That why I love Pizza My Heart container sweet peppers from Renee's Garden.

Now these aren't your typical bell pepper.  They look more like hot chili peppers!  But you'll be in for a surprise when you take a bite, because they are mild and sweet.  Every once in a while you get one that is a bit more spicy, but never to the level of a chili pepper.

As the name implies, they are great cut into circles and placed on a pizza. They are also good in salads or eaten whole, as is, as a snack. I use them in recipes as well, like ratatouille, but you'll need to use 3 to 5 of them to equal the amount you'd get from a standard bell pepper.

As with many other veggies that I grow in my garden, bumper crops can be frozen for later use.  Just wash the peppers and dry thoroughly, then slice or dice and place in freezer bags for later use.

I made a batch of seasoning mix using these peppers, which also includes sweet onions, parsley and celery as well.

PLEASE NOTE:  While I was writing this story I have learned some bad news!  My dearly loved Pizza My Heart container sweet peppers from Renee's Garden are currently not available!  According to the staff at Renee's Garden, pepper crop failures over the past several seasons are the reason for this problem.  I truly hope that this is a temporary situation and they return to the Renee's Garden catalog.

In the meantime, I need to save the seeds from these pepper (in the picture above) so I can continue to grow them in my garden.   Maybe I can even start a seed exchange for them too.

Here is the link for these seeds which is current not working: http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/packpg/veg/pepper-pizza.htm

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