The Melrose Pepper is a legendary Italian frying type, 3.5 x 2 in., turns from dark green to rich, crimson red. Beloved of residents of Melrose Park, IL where it was brought from Italy and grown for several generations.
Versatile in all stages, when grown in rich soil it is sweet as candy when red, either raw or cooked, and memorable grilled. Plants are loaded with fruit to keep you supplied. Holds its own alone or can blend with other vegetables.
Good germination, transplanted into the garden first week of May. Very early production of small and attractive red fruit. The production reduced markedly in mid-August, probably due to the hot summer temperatures.