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#1510245 Greetings from Gratis, GA

Posted by emacs on 10 December 2017 - 03:11 PM

:welcome: from Denmark. And just fyi Gratis in Danish means 'for free' :P

I knew it meant 'for free' in Latin, but I did not know it meant the same in Danish. There was a country store in Gratis called the Gratis Store when I moved in. They made great biscuits but sadly had nothing 'for free'.

#1509828 2018 SEED TRAIN #2

Posted by emacs on 08 December 2017 - 05:28 PM

Is it really sweet like the bags of peppers you can buy at the store? At the risk of being shunned by everyone here, I love those little sweet bastards!


It should be a lot like those. The pod walls are a little thin but the flavor is really good. I raised them without much watering or fertilizer in the shade. The idea is that it will be able to grow in the red clay soil here without much help and in the shade without staking or pruning. Most bell peppers cannot do that.


I attached a picture of what it looked like this year.


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#1509691 2018 SEED TRAIN #2

Posted by emacs on 08 December 2017 - 12:29 AM



I'm new to the forum but I gave Gorizza some of the first pepper variety I have ever bred, Pride of Gratis, to put in this seed train and you are the first ones to ever get access to the seed!


Sadly, it is a lunchbox red bell pepper, but I have seen the error of my ways and am working on hotter peppers now.


If you took some of the seed I would love to hear how it turns out wherever you grow it (it has only ever been grown in my yard in Georgia).


I also am bulking seed and can send more if you send me a message with your address (it should be true-breeding anyway so keep the seeds too).


If you reply to this thread that you will plant this year, I will nag you around August for pictures so you don't forget  :)


Either way, I am excited to share something I have been working on for a couple of years with you guys and am excited to see how it turns out!





#1509685 Greetings from Gratis, GA

Posted by emacs on 07 December 2017 - 11:47 PM

I've been lurking on the forum for a while and decided to create an account.


I am a backyard pepper breeder, mostly focusing on sweet peppers, but am starting to branch out into hot peppers as well.


The turning factor for me was learning how to make pepper jelly (jalapenos originally) which allowed me to eat hotter peppers and tasting my first floral hot pepper (Orange Tepin).


I am now on a mission to make a good floral pepper jelly (cultivar recommendations appreciated) and potentially tame down some of the floral-tasting hot peppers for fresh use by people without a death-wish (which I understand is most of you).


I have a few other breeding projects for peppers and ground cherry (a relative of tomatillos) going as well, but I promise not to bore you by talking about the ones not related to hot peppers too much.


One burning question I have for you pepper experts: what are some cultivars like Orange Tepin that have that fruity, floral flavor to them? Every year or so I try a vegetable that changes my life and Orange Tepin was definitely that vegetable this year.


Anyway, glad to be here and nice to meet you all,