In early February, I planted 20 varieties of peppers that I hadn't grown before and these were my favorite reds.
Rosso Dolce Appendere
A sweet Italian frying pepper
Bell peppers, and most of the sweet peppers, are in the Capsicum Annuum classification. They're difficult to grow in Kihei due to the climate and the relentless bugs but this summer I had great results with Rosso Dolce. They're a 4 to 5 inch long sweet frying pepper, similar to Jimmy Nardello but Jimmy doesn't grow too well in Kihei.
Nepalese Bells (aka Christmas Bells)
A Nepalese Bell towers over the Rosso Dolce Appendere
The Nepalese were 4 to 5 foot tall plants with long branches. Surprisingly, I was able to grow them in large self-watering containers.
A sweet and slightly hot Japanese pepper
Mahalo Mac for the Shiso seeds!
Shiso, a Capsicum Annuum, is a sweet, slightly hot and crinkled pepper. They struggled with the Kihei climate and still produced two crops of peppers this summer. The Shiso peppers were 2 to 3 inches long.
A moderately hot South American pepper
Aji Angelo, a Capsicum Baccatum, was my favorite of the Aji peppers that I grew this year. They were 2 to 3 inches long, fruity and not quite as hot as a jalapeno. They're a good pepper for making a not too hot salsa.
Aji Angelo was also a late variety and took over 6 months from seed to the first ripe fruit. The plants were as tall as the Nepalese Bells but looked like small trees. I was able to grow them in large self-watering containers.