Newsletter No. 13

In this week’s box you will find Jimmy Nardello peppers. They are sweet peppers that turn red. Like the tomatoes, we sowed pepper seeds in February and took care of them through the winter; watering them religiously and creating an ideal environment with fans, heat pads and love. In the spring we pricked them out into larger pots to prepare them for transplanting. We laid drip tape for irrigation and road fabric (a black plastic material) to suppress weeds, maintain ideal soil moisture and trap in heat. We planted the peppers into specially dug holes amended with their favorite nutrients including Epsom salts (for magnesium) and bone meal (for phosphorus). We have cared so much for these plants we’re thrilled to finally bring them to you.

Peppers contain capsicum, which is a compound that makes them spicy. Capsicum is great for joint and inflammation issues and is often applied topically. The capsicum compound is concentrated in the seedpod, which is why the area around the seeds are the spiciest. Birds are unharmed by the burning properties of capsicum and are and have been essential in pepper seed dispersal. Peppers also have one of the richest sources of vitamins A , C and B-6.

Jimmy Nardello is an heirloom sweet Italian pepper, which was brought to Connecticut by Guiseppe Nardello’s mother in 1887 from Ruoti in the Basilicia region of Italy. Although it may not look like it, this pepper is completely sweet. It is a perfect pepper for frying because of its thin skin.

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