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ID This Hot Pepper, Please? Online Guide

The Ultimate pepper identification guide

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ID this pepper

"Help ID This Pepper" is a common post in pepper forums across the internet. Usually, it contains a picture of someone holding a single pod, and there are comments trying to identify the pepper's specific cultivar. However, it's often challenging to determine the actual cultivar, so it's easier to make up a name and recognize it as a new variety.


Knowing the specific names of cultivars gives you credibility among your pepper-loving friends. It's also useful for impressing people, like when Jan from accounting asks what type of pepper you're eating. (you don’t have to say “duh, a yellow one”)


Some people grow peppers for pleasure without caring about the specific cultivar, and that's okay. But for those who want to know, there's a wizard's guide to identifying any pepper with confidence. With the wizard's guide, you can even identify a pepper before it's ripe or in the blossoming stage. It's a valuable tool for those who want to know the specific cultivar of their peppers.


With the wizard's guide, you can even identify a pepper before it's ripe or in the blossoming stage. It's a valuable tool for those who want to know the specific cultivar of their peppers.


Traditional Method

The process of identifying a pepper traditionally involves a grower having a pepper that doesn't match the picture on the seed pack or the internet. Sometimes, peppers are not labeled correctly or at all, leaving the grower guessing about the pepper's name or cultivar. In some cases, the pepper doesn't even resemble the pepper that the seeds were harvested from.

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To identify a pepper from a picture, you can take into account several factors. These include comparing colors, measuring its size, analyzing its shape, checking for the presence or absence of a tail, and examining the texture. By considering these aspects, you can determine with 99.9% reliability that the fruit is indeed a pepper. There are roughly 50,000 varieties of peppers, so it is likely to be one of those.


The Wizards’ Method for Identifying a Pepper


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Peppers are regarded as open pollinators, which means that their flowers are fertilized by various means such as bees, moths, birds, bats, wind, and rain. When these pollinators move from one pepper plant to another, they cross-pollinate the potential seed that will be produced in the fruit. Although the fruit may look true, the seed will contain the genetics of the cross-pollination, resulting in the next generation being a cross of the two parent plants. To prevent peppers from cross-pollinating naturally, they must be separated by a distance of 1.5 to 2 miles.


Pepper growers, like those at Harmony Springs Farm, are always looking for ways to improve production and yield while maintaining the quality of their crops. One common challenge they face is cross-pollination, which can lead to seeds with mixed genetics that don't produce "true" peppers. To address this, growers use innovative methods like isolating blossoms in greenhouses and using fabrics to keep pollinators away. By using these techniques, growers like Harmony Springs Farm are able to maintain the integrity of their pepper varieties and provide high-quality produce to their customers.


It's important to know that if you save seeds from a store-bought pepper, there's a high chance that they are cross-pollinated. Most pepper seeds look the same, it's difficult to predict what type of pepper will grow from those seeds. This is because the genetic makeup of the seeds is mixed due to cross-pollination, resulting in a potentially different variety of pepper than what was originally purchased.


Big box seed stores that sell tomato, squash, cucumber, and pepper seeds from a large catalog are notorious for selling mixed pepper seeds. This may not be a problem for common peppers like Jalapenos or Habaneros, but for rare and super-hot varieties, it can be disappointing, as you may not get what you paid for. It is recommended to find seed sellers that isolate their seeds and have a good reputation. Seed collection is a tedious process that requires a precise procedure, making it more suitable for small operations. If you are unsure about whether the seeds you are purchasing are isolated, ask your seed seller for clarification. Some reliable seed sellers include Jimmy Pickles and Patrick’s Pepper Patch.



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