PlantsPeppers→Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Carmen')

Heredity: Hybrid
Country of Origin: USA
Hybridizer or Originator: Johnny's Seeds

Data specific to Peppers (Edit)
General Type: Other: Corno di Toro type
Pepper Shape: Tapered
Fruit Length: 5-7"
Fruit Width at Shoulders: 1.5-2.5"
Fruit Ripening Color Sequence: Green to Red
Days to First Harvest and Maturity: 62 green, 80 red.
Wall Thickness: Medium
Heat: Sweet<100SHU

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 24-36"
Plant Spread: 18"
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 2006


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Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2011 2:09 AM

This is my favorite sweet pepper that I've grown so far because of the taste and its dependable performance every year that I've grown it. When harvested red the flavor is very sweet and more complex than a common bell pepper. It is a "bull's horn" or "corno di toro" type pepper and averages 6" long x 2 1/2" wide. It may have slightly thinner flesh than a bell pepper, but is still thick enough to have a good crunch and the flavor is superior. It is wonderful fresh, sauteed or roasted. The plant is vigorous and produces early and often on medium sized plant. Maturity averages from transplant: 60 days to green, 80 days to red ripe. This is a F1 Hybrid so plants must be grown from commercial seeds.

My Climate: USDA Zone 7b, AHS Heat Zone 7/8, Humid

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Aug 24, 2012 12:06 PM

I also find this an excellent pepper and plan to plant more. Flavor much better than a green bell.
Our favorite way is grilled

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Posted by DonShirer (Westbrook, CT - Zone 6a) on Dec 15, 2015 8:08 AM

Good flavor but only average yield. Grew ok both in the ground and in 3gallon containers.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 10:55 PM

This is a favorite sweet pepper in our garden. When allowed to mature to red, it has a complex, fruity flavor. I love adding this one to tomato sauces, as it seems to deepen and intensify the flavor. I use this pepper fresh, in recipes, grilled, roasted. . .just about any way you can imagine!

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