seed offer: Crunch Sweet Orange sweet pepper
▓▓▒▒░░ THIS OFFER IS GOOD ONLY UNTIL FEB. 1st, 2010 and FOR U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY (sorry) ░░▒▒▓▓
This is a free seed offer for SASE (self-addressed-STAMPED-envelope...search for SASE at www.google.com if you need any more help with that). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will Email you back with an address to send your SASE to. The only info you need to give me in the Email that you send me is just a request for me to send you an Email on where to send your SASE. If you have any questions about the peppers ask them in this post rather than Email, please.
All seed requests will be held for a little while and mailed out in bursts every few days-to-week+ depending on volume. There will only be 4-8 seeds of each seed offered depending on demand. I want people to see if they like this, not to help anyone plant a bed of them. It is very easy to save your own seed if you like the pepper.
This offer will stop if the seed supply gets extremely low in order to allow the stragglers to get their SASE's in. If you requested seed early, but wait to too long to get your SASE in I can't help you too much...I only have a certain amount to give away and it's SASE's I care about, not requests. I don't want to keep track of who requested what...I get an envelope with a request, I put seeds in it, I mail it, end of transaction. Speaking of...I am not a business, nor will I sell your address to anyone, nor will I keep or record your address. I just put seeds in envelopes and mail them...very simple.
As far as any items you may want to "tip" me with (do NOT feel obligated by ANY means, seriously)...I would love any seed of low to medium heat non-jalapeno peppers with 3"+ pods or paste tomato seeds. A loose stamp thrown in for those people who send SASE's but "forget" the stamp on the SASE (it always happens) is nice, too. I'm currently and specifically looking for NuMex HERITAGE 6-4 (not the regular NuMex 6-4) seed as well as a very few (2-4 seeds) Diva cucumber seeds. Once again, do NOT feel obligated to tip anything. I am just leading those that may feel the need to tip in the right direction. My main goal is to get this seed out in the wild and see how people like it.
As long as tips are mentioned I guess I can offer up some Chimayo anaheim pepper seeds if you want to stretch your 2-stamps and 2-envelopes investment further. Note: These peppers are thin walled and VERY seedy. It is well beyond the level of seeds in the types of anaheims most of us are used to. It is a great low-medium heat drying/powder/etc. pepper, though. If you want some of these seed I can offer them on request and package them in the same SASE as the sweet pepper offer. Request this by written note included with your SASE, not in Email.
This offer is for a sweet pepper I've been breeding a number of years (6th generation/5th generation offspring). There's nothing super-special about it. It's just good for what it is and honestly, there's not a lot out there this size with this quality of sweetness that you can grow from seed. I've selected out certain traits I like over the years and this is the end result (so far). For further explanation see the stuff below...
Crunch Sweet Orange pepper... The pepper is a cross between a plant grown from the seed of a medium-length/thin-walled orange frying pepper from Trader Joe's supermarket (female flower) and a friend's 3"-ish thick blocky/blunt-tipped "Romanian sweet pepper" (male pollen). Yes, I know that's a weird start for crossing material, but it's not like it required a lot of money or labor investment to do it. My only real expense was the garden space growing more peppers than I needed...especially in the first few selection generations where things were very variable.
General Qualities: very vigorous growth and fruit set, fruit 2.5"-3.5" long x 1"-1.5" wide, mostly two and three lobed fruits on the same plant, deep orange ripe color, dense/medium-thick walls (appx. 1/5"-1/4"), very small seed cap, very few seeds, noticeable sweetness, fruity (mild apple/citrus), no heat
Crunch Sweet Orange 2-Lobed Fruit
Crunch Sweet Orange 3-Lobed Fruit
Crunch Sweet Orange + Various Anaheim Peppers On A Cutting Board
I selected for many traits, but taste was #1. The "fruity" characteristic was weighed more than the sweetness, though it's still a very sweet pepper. The fruity taste isn't overbearing, but it adds an extra bit of character to the sweetness.
The motivation behind this whole thing is living in an area where specialty sweet peppers are very expensive and you pay $1-$2 for a ripe bell pepper in-season. I like using sweet peppers for cooking and salads (light use in both), but I don't really need a whole bell pepper most of the time. I end up using a single bell for 2-3+ dishes and hope I use it all before it loses it's quality. I wanted a smaller thick-ish walled small pepper who's flavor went beyond simply sweet (too many bells these days taste like pepper-flavored sugar water, imo).
I started playing with pepper breeding and at one time had 3 experiments going (I abandoned 1 after the 1st cross and 1 other only lasted 2 grow-outs before it was deemed a dead end because of lack of plant vigor).
The one I've stuck to the longest has had nice results on whole. It could use some work on the fruit lobe variability thing, but it seems to be very stable in taste and wall thickness. Those are the 2 main characteristics I am aiming for. 3-4" fruits would be nicer than 2.5-3.5" fruits, too. I'll leave it to whomever else wants to grow and keep growing this seed line to select their own lineage from here. This spring I'm reclaiming my garden and only 2 of these are going into my beds...it's really all I need.