A dangerous pepper for the disorganized gardener, Hot Portugal is completely indistinguishable in all ways but one from its fabulously sweet field mate, Jimmy Nardello: heat. I can’t tell you how many times over the years we have stood together over a pepper plant muttering, “I don’t remember either...YOU try one”. In all honesty, as far as hot peppers go it’s middling, with very sweet flesh and a touch of heat in the pith and seeds. Stunning long red fruits are wonderful stuffed, beautiful in ristras, and after roasting, makes an incredibly flavorful base for our annual batch of hot sauce, spiced up with some jalapenos and Thai chilis. An excellent chili for cool climates, it is early and productive. First offered in 1935.
70-80 days. UO
Packet: 30 seeds