The 2023 Crop of Peppers and Tomatoes For Every Taste
Bob Bedner is a vegetable aficionado. We kid him here on the farm that no one can possibly need this many varieties of tomatoes, but his research is painstaking and he aims to please.
A good rule of thumb is to always check the seed packet or plant tag on your pepper or tomato variety. This will help you find the right one for your needs. We’ve also taken the liberty of categorizing them here to get you started.
As you probably know, there’s something called The Scoville Scale that ranks peppers’ heat in Scoville Heat Units, a measure of the pungency or heat of a pepper based on the level of a compound called capsaicin. The Scoville Scale ranks peppers on a scale of Mild (100-2,500 SHU) to Medium (2,500 to 30,000), Hot (30,000 to 100,000) and Extra Hot (100,000 to 300,000). Proceed accordingly, and in some cases, with caution!
Look for the following pepper and tomato varieties this spring in mostly 4″ or 1-gallon pots. The best selection will be available by mid-May.
* indicates an Heirloom variety.
WHAT’S AN HEIRLOOM VARIETY?
Heirloom or ‘Heritage’ varieties were introduced more than 50 years ago and are passed down from generation to generation. They are open-pollinated, which means they are fertilized naturally by bees, birds, butterflies and other natural pollinators, the wind or self-pollination.
Heirlooms fruits, vegetables and even flowers are exact copies of their parent plants because they have not been cross-pollinated with other varieties.
BEDNER’S FARM & GREENHOUSE PEPPERS
Carolina Reaper *
Ghost Pepper *
Hungarian Wax *
Trinidad Scorpion *
SNACKING OR SWEET
California Wonder *
Yum Yum / Lunchbox Snackers
BEDNER’S FARM & GREENHOUSE tomatoes
Husky Red Cherry
Super Sweet 100
Belgium Giant *
Box Car Willie *
San Marzano *
Belgium Giant *
Black Krim *
Brandywine Pink *
Brandywine Red *
Brandywine Yellow *
Bush Early Girl
German Johnson *
Mortgage Lifter *
Mr. Stripey *
Ponderosa Pink *
Let us know if you have any questions on the varieties that are right for you, growing and care tips and more.
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