Which Pepper is Right for You?

A world colors, flavors, and shapes make peppers second only to tomatoes in popularity. From sweet to spicy, ornamental to snacking, we’ve got a pepper sure to please every palate! Of course, the “best” pepper all depends on what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve developed our Pepper Chooser to help you pick just the right peppers for your tastes and your garden. Give it a try!

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Rotating Vegetable Crops for Garden Success

To keep the vegetable garden healthy, avoid repeating the same planting plan in the same spot. This practice, called crop rotation,...

Pepper Heat Levels

While you can blindly taste a pepper to determine its heat, that’s not a recommended method—ouch! Instead, use the Scoville...

4 x 4-foot Homemade Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this planting plan. Plant yours with two tomatoes, or try tomatillos for...

Easy and Tasty 4 x 4-foot Kids’ Garden

Children will love planting and caring for the special, kid-friendly plants in this 4 x 4-foot kids vegetable garden plan....

Fast and Fresh 4 x 4-foot Pizza Garden

Pizza tops everyone’s list as a favorite food. Why not have the fresh ingredients in your garden? You can make...

Sweet and Spicy 4 x 4-foot Pepper Garden

Peppers are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow in a summer garden, and many plants will...

Planting Peppers Step-by-Step

Planting peppers is easy. Just follow these steps: Step 1: If planting in-ground, prepare the soil with a tiller or...

Should You Stake Pepper Plants?

It’s often a good idea to stake pepper plants. Although many peppers are strong plants that do a good job...

Tasty pepper recipes!

Put your harvest to work with out delicious recipes.

Summer Dream Gazpacho

A chilled soup made from fresh vegetables, gazpacho is a delicious example of a truly refreshing summer dish. Serve as...

Scotch Egg Stuffed Peppers

While traditional Scotch eggs are breaded and deep-fried, this version takes this English comfort food in a healthier direction without...

BLTs with White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese

This sandwich puts a flavorful spin on two beloved diner classics, combining them into one irresistible sandwich. Hints of maple...

Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos

This is a fresh, flavorful twist on traditional nachos! For extra convenience, these Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos can...

Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

Tzatziki is a traditional yogurt and dill sauce made to accompany grilled meats and pita. Using it here in place...

Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce

In a unique take on the classic cucumbers-and-dill combination, Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce makes a quick, savory meal. It...

Spicy Eggplant Stir-Fry

Whip this recipe up on a weeknight when you’re looking to give your family’s tastebuds a wake-up call! Meaty eggplant...

Bruschetta Pizza

This Bruschetta Pizza recipe takes traditional Italian bruschetta to a whole new level. It uses pizza dough in place of...

Ratatouille Salad With Japanese Eggplant

A twist on the French classic, this versatile ratatouille salad can be served hot or cold. If you have any...

Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed with a hearty mix of ground beef, spices, and couscous, these stuffed bell peppers make an excellent one-dish meal....

Jalapeno Poppers

Your next football viewing party or tailgate needs to include these delicious jalapeno poppers! Baked instead of battered and fried,...

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa

Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is...

Lemongrass Noodle Bowl

This noodle bowl is perfect for a cold night or when you want something light but full of bright flavor....

Thai Basil Curry

Though each brand of curry paste is a little different, most labels offer a simple recipe that will show the...

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fresh Basil

This cool, refreshing summer soup makes the best of a big, gorgeous bounty of tomatoes. When your harvest is just...

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Whether you are sitting around the campfire, coming in from a cold day of working outside (or a long day...

Crispy Pan Fried Okra

There are many variations of fried okra, but I find that I return time and again to my mom’s pan...

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

After testing many, MANY jalapeno poppers in my quest to find the best recipe, I think I have finally created...

Grilled Veggie Salsa

Grilling the veggies for this salsa gives them a wonderful smoky flavor. We tested this recipe using Roma tomatoes, but...

Fried Pepper Rings

Serve these alongside burgers in place of French fries for a yummy twist. For a gluten-free batter option, substitute chickpea...

Spring Strawberry Salad

Serve these alongside burgers in place of French fries for a yummy twist. For a gluten-free batter option, substitute chickpea...

Sriracha Sauce

Often used in Thai and Vietnamese dishes, sriracha sauce adds a tasty kick to noodles, soups, sauces, stir-fries, or pizza....

Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella

With its mix of vibrant colors and flavors, this recipe for Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella is sure to...

Asparagus with Red Pepper Dressing

This shortcake is easy, delicious, and just sweet enough. It’s made the old-fashioned way—with biscuits! We used pre-made refrigerated biscuits,...

Honey Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

This shortcake is easy, delicious, and just sweet enough. It’s made the old-fashioned way—with biscuits! We used pre-made refrigerated biscuits,...

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

We used freshly-made recaito with culantro and a variety of familiar, pungent spices as the sazon, or seasoning, in this traditional Puerto Rican dish....

Recaito with Culantro

Recaito, a pungent mixture of the culantro, cilantro, onion, garlic, and pepper, is a staple ingredient in many Puerto Rican...

Easy White Chili with Hot and Spicy Oregano

Yield :   8 cups Ingredients 4 chicken breast halves (about 1 ½ pounds) 2 teaspoons cumin ½ teaspoon freshly ground...

Stuffed Sweet Onions

Turn sweet onions from your garden into a succulent side dish that goes great with roasted chicken or turkey. This...

Roasted Pepper and Avocado Dip

Yield :   3 cups Ingredients 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 poblano pepper 5 garlic cloves, peeled...

Refrigerator Cucumber Pickles

Make these refrigerator cucumber pickles using fresh cucumbers from the garden. They will keep in the fridge for several months,...

Quick Old-Fashioned Corn Relish

Make a batch of this delicious corn relish and you’ll have it on hand for months. Use it as a...

Hot Tabasco Pepper Vinegar

Ingredients 100 whole Tabasco peppers, with stems removed 2/3 cup white vinegar ¼ teaspoon salt Instructions This is the topping...

Curried Fresh Tomato Sauce

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 1 pound tomatoes, cored and quartered 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 2 jalapeno peppers,...

Creole Okra

This recipe combines the most treasured bounty of a summer garden — peppers, okra, and tomatoes — in a delicious...

Confetti Herbed Vegetables

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 8 to 10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1-½ cups fresh corn kernels, cut from...