Grow Your Own Peppers

Grow these sweet and hot peppers to add flavor and variety to your garden.

Winter 2018
By Niki Jabbour

Cover courtesy Storey Publishing

Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix: 238 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun (Storey Publishing, 2018), by Niki Jabbour introduces 238 plants from around the world. The book uses a fun "Like that? Then try this!" format that introduces crops similar in texture and flavor to commonly grown vegetables, such as summer squash and cucumbers. The following excerpt is from Chapter 1, "Like? Try..."

When I was growing up, I occasionally saw a red or green bell pepper pass through our kitchen, but I can't say I ate many of them. (As a very fussy kid, I'm sure that was mostly my fault.) When I finally got my own garden and started poring through seed catalogs, I quickly realized how many peppers there were just waiting for me to sample them. I wasn't interested in the common green or red peppers. I wanted the chocolate-colored peppers (Would they actually taste like chocolate? Nope!) and 'Sweet Banana' (the fruits actually do look like bananas!) and 'Chinese Five Color', which has plants that bear small peppers in a rainbow of colors all at the same time. Such diversity!

Photo by © Niki Jabbour