In July I made a post about the 2017 AAS winners and included Onyx Red, which had just been awarded a 2018 AAS award.
As of Today, three more 2018 All-American Selections have been made for hot and sweet peppers, for a total of 4. That is a big year for peppers. The winners are below.
Red Ember F1 (Cayenne)
Red Ember produces a large number of rounded end fruits on durable, medium-sized plants. Judges described the thick-walled fruits as spicy, but tastier than the traditional cayenne, with just enough pungency for interest. The variety is an earlier producer, so its well suited for shorter growing seasons.
Roulette F1 (Habanero)
We've been seeing sweet heat-less habaneros coming out for a few years now, but to my knowledge this is the first one bred with all the resources of a large seed company. This variety of sweet hab was bred by Terry Berke at Seminis, so the variety was trialed at various locations all over North America before release. Gardeners will be delighted with the earlier production of large, uniform fruit and a very high yield. One judge noted that each plant easily produces 10-11 fruits at one time and up to 100 per season so there are plenty to eat fresh, cook with, and enjoy!
Mexican Sunrise F1 (Hungarian)
This was a regional winner for the Southeast and Southwest. Mexican Sunrise Hungarian Pepper F1 brings to the garden a full spectrum of colors from lime green to yellow then orange and red as the fruit matures. These earlier maturing conical pendant shaped peppers produce a thick-walled fruit that can be eaten at any stage. The fruits are semi-hot, attractive peppers which can be used for ornamental purposes as well as for processing, pickling, and fresh preparations. Vegetable gardeners are sure to enjoy this pepper with its attractive fruit, early maturity and high yielding plants that look great in any gardenscape.