The Sweet Banana Pepper That Wasn't

on Tuesday, July, 12 2011 @ 07:54:49 pm (196 words)
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When I brought the pepper plants for the veggie garden I included some sweet banana peppers; there is also a hot variety. I always grow sweet banana peppers each year and they are one of my favourite sweet pepper. However, the resulting peppers are not sweet banana peppers. I am not sure what type of peppers they are; they appear similar to a cayenne pepper when they are small. Cayenne peppers are one of the hot peppers that I grow each year and did as well this year. However, these peppers are much larger than cayenne and don't have the completely smooth surface of a cayenne. They are growing around 30 cm (1 ft) in length when straight but are also growing in spirals and corkscrew shapes. I am including photographs so my readers can help me identify this pepper. The tag with the plants stated they were sweet banana but evidently the tags were incorrect. I have yet to harvest any so I don't know of the flavour, or if they are hot or sweet peppers.

My curious pepper (click on image for a larger size)


My curious pepper (click on image for a larger size)


Comment from: Frank W. Patten [Visitor]
Frank W. PattenIt’s possible that the plant crossed with one of the other peppers you have. I know you never plant bell (green peppers and Jalapeno) next to each other as they can cross.
07/12/11 @ 20:07
Comment from: kimberly [Member]  
KimmyI don’t think that is the case here. I have four of these plants and they are all the same with the fruits the same on all plants.
07/12/11 @ 20:16
Comment from: Ron [Visitor]
RonKimmy, I think these are called Sweet Cayenne (Capsicum annuum).
07/13/11 @ 02:42

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