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Pepper Care Guide: Types of Peppers

by Cliff Sharples (chief cultivator)

Peppers have an incredibly wide range of tastes, shapes, colors and texture. They are a staple for so many types of cuisine. And, they're fun to grow! Here is a quick guide to the different types of peppers.

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sweet peppers vs hot peppers
Peppers loosely fall into two categories, which are based on their flavor more than their shape or color.



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Sweet peppers, commonly called bell peppers, come in a rainbow of colors: green, red, yellow, orange, and purple. In addition to adding texture and color to food, peppers are also good for you—there is more Vitamin C in a pepper than in orange juice. Varieties include: 'Blushing Beauty', and 'Gift from Moldova', and 'Sweet Choco Hybrid.'

Hot peppers are, as their name suggests, quite spicy, with a wide range of temperature levels. Used more as a condiment than a serving, chiles provide the fire in Thai and Mexican food. Color is not an indicator of fieriness; for example, one of the hottest peppers 'Habanero' starts out green, then turns to a red or orange. Other hot peppers are: 'Georgia Flame', 'Hot Portugal', and 'Hot Jalapeno, Eearly.'

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