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As with all seeds, a little patience is needed. You will have great seasons and, well, duds. These are incredible peppers that we cherish and can every year. The last two, not so much. Germination rates were low and the plants that made it never thrived. But that does not mean they are bad seeds. So many factors play into the equation. This year so far not great results yet… but we are still waiting. Been doing some temperature adjustments. Trust me when they do germinate and thrive their are not to be missed. This is a great company with dedicated employees and with some patience you will be enriched.
Posted by Francesco on 25th Mar 2022
These are absolutely Calabria in a seed. I received these pepper seeds as a gift along with my order. And what a gift indeed. Extremely prolific plants and We spent all of late summer and fall pickling them, making pepper jellies and just plain eating them off the plants. Hot? Yes! But if you remove the seeds they are a medium hot and either way they are stupendous. We will be ordering more and planting these until I’m under the dirt myself.
Posted by Francesco C on 2nd Dec 2019
I remove the seed from these peppers then smoke them using Pecan wood. Then I process them with a little olive oil and blend them slightly into a paste and can them. Great product to cook with. I also can many of them whole. I'm pretty much addicted to them...
Posted by Jim Tobin on 16th Feb 2019
Planted one of these guys in my garden. Produces well, bearing peppers about the size of an actual cherry and bright red. I will say this: If these are considered a moderate heat level, I'd hate to see what a really hot pepper is like. Wow! Not a deal breaker at all though and will be growing these again next year.
Posted by Keith Sampino on 7th Aug 2018
My peppers turned out exactly like the catalog description, 1" to 2" in diameter and moderately hot. They are great pickled, and cooked up in other dishes. I will try drying some soon. It's a nice companion to the milder Topepo Rosso.
Posted by Dave @OurHappyAcres on 1st Oct 2014
Mine looked like the picture but were a LOT bigger than I expected. Some are pushing 3" in diameter. I wish they were smaller.
Posted by Craig on 25th Aug 2013
I had three plants and so many peppers. I stuffed some for appetizers one day, and pickled some, and used some in my chili sauces, etc, etc, etc. Mine were more heart-shaped than perfectly round, but the colour and flavour were amazing.
Posted by Susan on 3rd Jan 2013
Essential ingredient in arrabiata pasta sauce (or anything else you want some heat Italian-style!). These yielded heavily for me in east-central Iowa, despite challenging drought conditions early in June and July. They have been keeping well in my cool garage (pulled plants-peppers and all, in early Octover 2012). Excellent culinary pepper. Will grow again, hope to pickle some next year.
Posted by Giuseppe Franco Giacinto on 28th Dec 2012
I've been growing these for a couple of years from seeds purchased through this site and love them. Mine are never round either, they're more of a short and very fat jalapeño shape, but that's fine with me. They're fairly productive if started early enough, and keep producing right into the fall. They have thick, meaty walls which allow them to stay crisp when stuffed with prosciutto and provolone, and refrigerator pickled. Best of all, they're not too hot so they appeal to more than just the hot pepper crowd. I let some get red, but they're great when still green as well.
Posted by Gina on 11th Nov 2012