While our prices are higher than many nurseries, please keep in mind that our plants do not compare! They are grown right here in our greenhouse in Northern VA, and they're grown just for you! They've been planted, replanted, and replanted again to deliver you healthy, tall, productive plants by the time you pick them up in May. They are grown from organic, open-pollinated, heirloom seeds that were cultivated right here in VA, so you know they're best suited for your garden! Their soil is even made with the compost made from our working farm! Check out the varieties we have below:
Ancho/Poblano: (green > red) Called poblanos when fresh, the classic choice for chiles rellenos. After ripening red and then dried, they are called anchos and are used in mole, adobo, and other sauces. Chunky fruits up to 4" long. Usually mild when green, and slightly hotter when red. [Scoville: 1,000-2,000]
Biquiniho: (green > red) Known as little beak peppers, this little snacking pepper from Brazil packs a lot of flavors! . The Biquinho pepper has coined the nickname, “little-beak” due to its shape as they appear to have beak-shaped tails. This bushy plant produces hundred of peppers and keeps going all season long! The more you pick, the more you'll grow. Fun Fact: They are called “Sweaty Drops” in gourmet stores when sold pickled. Brazilian steakhouses often have this in their buffet! [Scoville: ~1,000 - mild]
Buena Mulata: (purple > pink > orange > brown > deep red) A very rare, extremely productive, and stunning hot pepper! A chameleon-like pepper that undergoes color changes during ripening; violet to pinkish-flesh color, then orange changing to brown, and eventually to a deep red. The long, round pods reach 6 to 7 inches in length and undergo a unique flavor change as they ripen, with the reds being more sweet and meatier than the violet. Picking at multiple stages makes a beautiful color profile! [Scoville: 30,000 – 50,000]
Carolina Reaper: (green > red) This infamous pepper has a fruity and sweet/hot aroma, with a pleasant undertone of chocolate/cherry taste. Flavor is certainly not sacrificed for the extreme heat. Each Reaper Pepper has a unique taste, nutritional profile, pod shape, and plant growth. This pepper is a great value because a little goes a long way; a quarter pod will heat a full pot of chili or spaghetti sauce. Reapers are also great to dehydrate and grind up into powder or flakes that can be used to season all types of meat and cheese. The best part about dehydrating peppers is the ability to enjoy them year round! [Scoville: 1,500,000+]
Fresno: (green > red) Bright red, fresh peppers that are typically about 2 inches long and about 1 to 1/2" wide at the top, tapering down to a rounded end. The flavor profile is sweet and hot, and they are commonly used in ceviches, chilis, and hot sauces. The chile is thick-fleshed and waxy, and are excellent smoked! [Scoville: 2500-10,000]
Habanero: (green > red) Red-fruited habanero. A potent and flavorful hot pepper! 1" x 1.75" long fruits. [Scoville: 250,000]
Hatch Chile: Large and hot meaty pods can grow up to 9" long! This variety has a thick green flesh with heavy yields on a 36" tall plant [Scoville: 9,000]
Jalapeno: (green > red): The classic salsa chile. Medium-hot 1½ x 2½ in. thick-walled peppers usually harvested green, but can be left to mature to red, or removed from the plants to redden indoors. (A chipotle is a smoked red jalapeño.) A teaspoon of jalapeño vinegar is excellent seasoning for bean soups. Jalapeños filled with cream cheese and fried are a Southern specialty. We love to use these for Cowboy Candy! [Scoville: 2,500 - 8.000]
Jumbo Jalapeno: (green > red): A big, meaty variety of Jalapeno that is perfect for grilling, roasting, or stuffing. Jalapeno poppers are our favorite things to make with this variety! [Scoville: 2,500 - 8.000]
Lemon Drop: (green > yellow) Also known as Kellu Uchu in Peru or Aji Lemon Drop, you’ll never get tired of growing the Lemon Drop with their surprising spicy, citrus, tangy flavors! Not only are their flavors amazing for many culinary meals, but the Aji Limon pepper is also an unforgettable ornamental plant that you’ll want to stare at all day long in your garden. The 3-foot tall Hot Lemon pepper plant heavily produces gorgeous, crinkly, thin-walled pods that will ripen from green to clear lemon yellow, and sometimes to dark purple blush [Scoville: 15,000-30,000]
Scotch Bonnet Peppers: green > yellow, red, or orange): The Caribbean cousin of the habanero! These citrusy, fruity hot peppers are a fantastic addition to sauces, salsas, and dishes. These babies are prolific, growing quickly and producing like you wouldn't believe. It's our favorite hot pepper! [Scoville: 100,000-350,000]
Tabasco: (green > orange > red) This famous heirloom was introduced into Louisiana in 1848 and became the main ingredient in Tabasco Pepper Sauce. This pepper is very hot and has a delicious flavor. The plants grow up to 4 feet tall and are covered with small, thin peppers. [Scoville: 50,000]
Small Peppers: 2-3 months old. They'll take off once planted in the garden.
Large Peppers: 4-6 months old. These are flowering, or close to it, and will give you a major head start, resulting in higher yields.