Donated to SSE in 1996 by Dr. William Woys Weaver of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weaver included this variety in his 1997 book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening and wrote, “This rare and very old heirloom is believed to have been introduced or developed in the nineteenth century by Mennonite horticulturist Jacob B. Garber (1800-1886) of Lancaster County. It was preserved for many years by the Martin family of Ephrata, Pennsylvania.” Dr. Weaver acquired the variety directly from the Martin family in 1971. In his book, Dr. Weaver suggests an interesting way to consume this pepper: “I have often been tempted to call this the Pennsylvania Dutch jalapeño, since it can be used like a jalapeño in cookery. The Pennsylvania Dutch who pickle it whole often serve it stuffed with peanut butter; which makes an interesting hors d’oeuvre, especially when eaten with salt pretzels and beer.”
(Capsicum annuum) Plants 2-2½' tall and somewhat sprawling; carrot-shaped fruit, 1½-3" long, ripen to deep red-orange; good fruit set; smoky hot flavor and thin flesh.
Sow seeds indoors 8 weeks before last frost. Plant ¼" deep. Seeds will germinate in 14 days. Transplant outdoors 12-24" apart when soil is warm. Peppers prefer full sun.
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