Blazing Good Pepper

By Susan Littlefield

Nutritionists encourage us to include lots of colorful, fresh produce in our diets. Ripe sweet bell peppers in an array of colors, from yellow and orange to red and purple, are a tasty way to do just that. Low in calories and high in Vitamins A and C, sweet peppers are nutritional powerhouses as well as a feast for the eye.

One of the best is 'Orange Blaze' sweet bell pepper, an All-America Selections Vegetable Award winner for 2011 that was bred by Seminis. A great choice for gardeners in shorter-season areas of the country, 'Orange Blaze' was chosen as a winner in part because of its quick maturity, ripening to bright orange in just 65 to 70 days from transplant.

In addition, the 3-4 inch long, 1 1/2 inch wide, blocky, two to three lobed peppers develop a very sweet, fruity flavor, and the plants show high resistance to several bacterial and viral diseases that can trouble peppers. Plants will grow 18 to 24 inches tall and should be spaced about 2 feet apart.

All-America Selections winners are new garden seed varieties that have been judged to have superior garden performance in impartial trials in North America.

For more information on 'Orange Blaze' sweet bell pepper, go to: All-America Selections.

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