Pepper 'California Wonder'
Capsicum Annuum – 20 Seeds
California Wonder is an heirloom pepper that was introduced in the 1920’s. It is the traditional bell pepper and the largest open pollinated bell you can grow.
The plant grows to around 60cm in height and matures in around 75 days.
The fruits start off green but will turn red with enough warmth. The sweetness develops the longer the fruit is left on the plant.
The fruits can be picked green when they reach around 7-10cm tall.
Red fruits contain twice the vitamin c of green ones.
Bell peppers can be enjoyed in many ways – used fresh in salads, grilled, roasted or stuffed.
The chilli seeds should be sown in trays or modules from Jan – Mar at 18-21C. Pot on when seedlings are large enough to handle and continue to pot on as they grow. Plant out in late spring/early summer. For best yields grow in a greenhouse.
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Peppers were brought back to Europe in 1400’s from Mexico and South America by Christopher Columbus who was searching for black pepper plants. They quickly spread throughout Europe and to Asian Countries.
The bell pepper is the only member of the Capsicum family that does not produce Capsaicin.
It was not popular initially, with the hotter varieties taking preference.