I want to grow the right pepperoncini..

laceyvail(6A, WV)November 27, 2012

just like the pepperoncini you buy pickled. What pepper should I grow, and does anyone have a recipe for pickling them so they taste like the ones you buy?

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Last summer there was a good discussion of pickling peppers in the Harvest forum. Lots of people say the key to like store-bought is a product called pickle crisp.

Using a banana pepper you can cut into rings is more practical than trying to grow a bunch of little peppers for a batch of pickles. Sweet Banana and Hot Hungarian Wax are often used for this, depending on whether you want them sweet or hot. I love pickled peppers, too!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 7:54AM
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I am confused by your question, pepperoncini is the name of the actual pepper. To get a pickled pepperoncini you grow pepperoncini and pickle them. If you are asking which variety of pepperoncini is used in the product you bought, I can't help you, but you could try to get the seeds out of the pickled product and see if they germinate. Some might germinate.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 8:52AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

There is no one right variety. The variety used to make the store bought ones all depends on the brand you buy. Some use Tuscan peppers, some use Greek Sweets, some use Italian Sweets, etc.

The most common variety used is probably the Italian Sweet and seeds are available from several sources.

How to best pickle them is a Harvest forum question and as mentioned above, discussed in great detail there.


Here is a link that might be useful: Italian Pepperoncini seeds

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 10:20AM
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I got 2 pepperoncini plants that are really productive. Mine is a Greek Variety. They start out green then get a subtle yellow, then ripen to red. I also have a Hot Cherry pepper plant that I pick and often mix in with the pepperoncinis. I make a brine something like 3 cups water, 2 cups white vinegar, and a tablespoon of salt. I also simmer this with crushed garlic. My pickles come out a little softer than store bought but the flavor is great.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 3:20AM
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I have grown the Greek Golden Pepperonicini....very productive but I don't "pickle"

Want some free seeds?.....you have mail.......doug

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 6:08AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Thanks for all the replies.
Planatus--I do pickle banana pepper rings, but the taste is nothing like store bought pepperoncinis. Also, please run the recipe you posted by the Harvest forum. I think it's unsafe. My understanding is that for vinegar based pickles to be safe, you must use a minimum of equal amounts of vinegar and water.

Looks like there is a lot of disagreement on which is the "right" pepper to grow.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 6:27AM
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I got the recipe out of Ball canning book plus I have eaten many pickles with this ratio and never got sick.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 2:26PM
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