A Bell Pepper Wonder

By Published On: October 20th, 20221 min readCategories: Photos
a bell pepper on a plant

He was going orange, but quit halfway

Back in July I planted a half dozen or so California Wonder bell pepper plants in the keyhole garden so we’d have fresh sweet peppers in early fall. Every other pepper plant produced nice, green peppers, with just a hint of purple blush at the shoulder.

Except for one pepper on one plant.

He started turning orange last month while he was still little. I had thought he’d go all orange like some other bell pepper varieties, but he didn’t.

Striped frying pepper

Instead he went half and half — two lobes are orange and two are green (with just a blush of yellow at the bottom).

Weird but wonderful.

I had some frying peppers a couple of years ago that were striped, but I’ve never seen a pepper go halfsies on it’s coloring.

I wonder if it doesn’t identify as a California Wonder pepper, but an Estonian one from the city of Tõrva (obscure, I know, but look at the flag).

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

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