Ripe Mad Hatter Peppers Top Off Season

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Red, ripe and ready to eat, Mad Hatter peppers make an especially interesting addition to the summer garden.
Mad Hatter peppers look like bright tulips when viewed from the bottom up.
Red, ripe and ready to eat, Mad Hatter peppers make an especially interesting addition to the summer garden.Click To Enlarge

Red, ripe and ready to eat, Mad Hatter peppers make an especially interesting addition to the summer garden.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

It's difficult to get full-sized bell peppers to the red-ripe stage in my garden. Most years, the season is too short to get sweet peppers to their best coloring.

It can take a month or more for peppers to color up, even after they're reached their mature size. Most end up getting used while at their greenest green.

That's why I avoid planting big bells and choose to plant smaller sweet pepper varieties in my garden. I've had good luck with mini-bell peppers, but this year I planted Mad Hatter peppers. And they didn't disappoint.

I picked a few earlier in the season to taste them while still green. They had a nice sweet pepper flavor with just a hint of heat around the seeds. Well, the peppers have turned a fabulous fire-engine red and they're as tasty as they are beautiful.

One of the nicest characteristics is the shape of these peppers. From the top view, they look like cute little hats; from the blossom-end. each looks like a bright red tulip. 

Because of their unusual shape, they add extra interest when sliced to toss on a garden-fresh salad. The pepper taste is certainly there, too. Bright on the outside and the inside.

The judges at All-America Selections made the right choice when recommending Mad Hatter to the winner's list. These peppers are a terrific addition to any patio or container garden, plus they're an excellent substitute for big bell pepper flavor in a small pepper package.


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Comments (2)

WesternGardener writes: I'm glad to hear from you! I hope you'll give smaller sweet peppers a try in your garden. They can be a great alternative to growing big bell peppers.

Thanks for your comment,
Jodi
Posted: 11:59 am on October 1st
Duggal1 writes: I always heard about how to get full sized bell papers? and seriously want to find them but i always fail. but this blog give me fully information about the full sized bell papers. Thanks for the information.
Posted: 12:50 am on September 27th
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