Bushy, compact plants (up to 1m) produce white flowers followed by 12-20, long (9-12cm), conical fruits per plant. The name may be something of a misnomer as these fruits are at their best when they are left to ripen to a bright and shiny red. Not for hot chilli lovers, but rich flavoured and productive and easy to grow. Sow to harvest 70 days (approx.)
This true Italian heirloom has been grown by the Nardello family since the 19th century. The Nardellos took the pepper seeds with them to the USA in 1887, and when Jimmy Nardello passed away in 1983 some were donated to the Seed Savers Exchange. Prolifically produces slender, twisted fruits, slightly fatter than chillies, that become very juicy and sweet when red. Perfect for roasting, frying, making pasta sauce and in salads.
Our donor picked up seeds of this variety in Croatia and passed on a sample to us. The large, heart-shaped, crunchy fruits start off pale jade (white when cooked) changing through pink, orange-red and eventually scarlet when mature; and produced in abundance. Equally tasty cooked in stir fries and raw in salads.