The Main Plant entry for Peppers (Capsicum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Fruit: Showy
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual


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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 10:56 PM

"Capsicum is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family Solanaceae. Its species are native to the Americas where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. In modern times, it is cultivated worldwide, and has become a key element in many regional cuisines. In addition to use as spices and food vegetables, capsicum has also found use in medicines.

The fruit of most species of Capsicum contains capsaicin (methyl vanillyl nonenamide), a lipophilic chemical that can produce a strong burning sensation (pungency or spiciness) in the mouth of the unaccustomed eater. Most mammals find this unpleasant, whereas birds are unaffected. The secretion of capsaicin protects the fruit from consumption by mammals while the bright colors attract birds that will disperse the seeds.

In the United States and Canada, the common heatless species is referred to as "bell peppers", "sweet peppers", "red/green/etc. peppers", or simply "peppers", while the hot species are collectively called "chile"/"chiles", "chili"/"chilies", or "chili"/"chile peppers" (one L only), "hot peppers", or named as a specific variety (e.g., banana pepper)."

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 19, 2013 3:34 PM

Peppers are a popular home grown item in the vegetable garden. Surely there is a variety to suit everyone. I like to grow bell peppers for stuffing and eating fresh and the sweet frying types for stir fries. I stay away from any hot pepper varieties.

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Seedfork On March 30, 2015 Transplanted
Transplanted three pepper Grand Bell Mix. cages put around them
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Planted seeds in tray set on top of freezer.
lovesblooms On February 25, 2018 Seeds sown
indoors; labeled "anacojia"
lovesblooms On February 21, 2017 Seeds sown
resown, same container as 2/2 sowing; none germinated from initial sowing (sweet giant yellow bell)
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labeled "Sweet Giant Yellow Bell Pepper"
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Didn't survive the winter indoors.
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