Sweet Pepper Varieties - What's the Difference?

There are lots of sweet pepper varieties available to the backyard vegetable gardener. When most people think of sweet peppers, they think about bell peppers. But there are lots of other varieties of sweet peppers that are great for grilling or stuffing or frying. The possibilities are endless. Here is a partial list of some common varieties of sweet peppers, including fruit information and uses. Please note - the days to maturity are counted after the seedling is transplanted.

  • Orange Blaze - All-America Winner, good disease resistance, features 4"x1.5" peppers that turn from green to bright orange, ready in 70 days

  • Carmen - ready in 75 days, horn-shaped Italian sweet pepper, green to red, 3"-4" long, very prolific and tolerant of varied temperatures

  • Maxibelle - large and blocky bell pepper, thick walls, green to red, sweet and crunchy, ready in 75 days, good raw or cooked, freezes well

  • Block Party - 4"x4" blocky bell peppers, thick walls, green to red, ready in 80 days, very consistent shape, good for stuffing, plants average 2 feet tall, sweet and tangy flavor

  • California Wonder - classic heirloom bell pepper variety, introduced in 1928, 3"x4" peppers have 4 lobes each, consistent production, sweet and crispy, freezes well, ready in 75 days, green to red



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  • Gold Standard - very large sweet pepper variety, 5"x5" blocky bell peppers, 73 days to green and 88 days to bright gold, good for grilling or stuffing, thick walls and consistent production

  • The Godfather - classic Italian sweet pepper variety, green in 64 days and red in 78 days, 7" peppers are tapered and meaty, good for frying or grilling or stuffing, available exclusively from the Burpee Seed Company

  • Costa Rican Sweet - very tasty and slightly wrinkled, good grilled or roasted or raw, very fruity and sweet, peppers are 4"-5" long and tapered, green to orange to red, ready in 70 days

  • Marconi - traditional Italian pepper, good for grilling or frying or stuffing or just raw, 7"-10" long and slightly tapered, green to yellow or red, ready in 85 days, very sweet with thick walls

  • Chocolate Belle - very sweet, blocky bell peppers with 2-4 lobes, good disease resistance, purple to chocolate colored, ready in 70 days, best when eaten raw or lightly sauteed



  • Cubanelle - green to yellow to orange and red, ready in 75 days, good for roasting or stuffing or frying, less water content than other sweet pepper varieties, fruit feature 3 lobes and average 3"-4" long, thin walls

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  • Bull Nosed - very large heirloom bell pepper variety, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson and still grown in the gardens at his Monticello estate, mild and sweet taste, peppers are blocky with thick walls, green to red, ready in 70 days, often 5" across

  • Jimmy Nardello - heirloom Italian sweet pepper variety, good for frying or grilling or sauteing or stuffing or pickling or drying, first introduced in the USA in 1887, green to red, thin and wrinkled peppers reach up to 10" long, ready in 85 days, very sweet and tangy

  • Corno di Toro - literally translated as "horn of the bull", classic heirloom Italian sweet pepper good for frying or grilling or stuffing or raw, full flavor, peppers average 9" long and 2" across at the top and tapered, green to orange to deep red, ready in 75 days

  • Gypsy - All-America Winner, high-yielding frying pepper, yellow to orange to red, tapered fruit are 4.5" long and 2.5" across at the top, excellent raw or fried, ready in 65 days

  • Friggitello - this heirloom Italian pepper averages 3"-4" long and is tapered with slight wrinkles, green to red, ready in 70 days, excellent pickled or dried or raw, plants average 3 feet tall



  • Chinese Giant - bell pepper variety that can reach 6" long and 5" across, heirloom variety introduced to the USA in 1900, red to green, ready in 80 days, thick walls, sweet and crisp

  • Sweet Banana - this heirloom sweet pepper variety is a pickling favorite, 6"-7" long and tapered, thin skin, pale yellow to light orange to deep red, ready in 72 days

  • Double Delight - a large 9" pepper in the shape of a bullhorn, thick walls and very sweet, good for grilling or stuffing or raw, green to yellow/orange to dark red, high yields, ready in 65 days

  • Lipstick - 4" oblong peppers, green to red, pimento-type pepper great for roasting or sauces or raw, very sweet, look hot but they're not, ready in 70 days

  • Sweetheart - ready in 75 days, 3" heart-shaped pepper, thick walls, good for stuffing or eating raw, good disease resistance, very sweet, green to red



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