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Capsicum annuum cultivars

Capsicum annuum cultivars

I think Eric (Eric in SF@Flickr) has outdone himself with this photograph (no small accomplishment!) (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). It is so very welcome to have some colour when the days are starting to turn grey. Thank you, Eric.

Like many of the other solanaceous plants we eat, Capsicum has its origins in Central and South America. Being more specific is difficult, because of domestication of the wild plant, a topic eloquently covered in Eshbaugh's Peppers: History and Exploitation of a Serendipitous New Crop Discovery (the paper also includes a detailed discussion of the taxonomy).

As is usual with food plants, Purdue University's Center for New Crops and Plant Products has an excellent factsheet with details on economic botany, the chemistry of capsaicinoids (what makes 'em hot!) and a description of the plant.

Wikipedia is also worth investigating; it has a list of cultivars, as well as an explanation of why I didn't attempt to share a common name (scroll down the page) for the international audience that reads BPotD.

Botany / horticulture resource link: I haven't read the paper yet, but the abstract has me intrigued: The Horticultural Trade and Ornamental Plant Invasions in Britain by Dehnen-Schmutz et al. in an upcoming issue of Conservation Biology.

6 Comments

Awesome set of links inside the article, Daniel!

Luck was on my side with this shot. I saw the peppers at the Tuesday Farmer's Market on the 17th but had no camera. I remembered to bring the camera on the 24th!

The lovely photo of the peppers reminds me that, for those who choose peppers for the capsicum (HEAT), the little ornamental peppers you can find at many places that sell plants are PLENTY HOT! Real nuisance when you have to replant them.
--Liz Warren

Must. Find. Peppers. Eat.
;-)
Delicious photo. Thank you.
Blessed Be,
Elena

"It is so very welcome to have some colour when the days are starting to turn grey." Ok, you asked for it:
http://www.prescottwionline.com/flowers/
(variations:
http://www.prescottwionline.com/flowers/index2.html [random]
http://www.prescottwionline.com/flowers/index3.html [plain]
)
Use Firefox (not IE).
Enjoy,
dw

This did not help my pregnancy cravings for hot peppers. I'm with Elena. Must. Find. Peppers. Thanks for the lovely photo...
Charity

awww just beautimous!
Chef asked me to cut up some red bell peppers and when I pulled them out of the box, the red color and shades of them made me not want to cut them up for the saute pan....almost made me tear up because what I had in my hand was just soooo beautiful!

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