Capsicum annuum (71 days) Open-pollinated. The Boldog from Hungary that doesn’t bite but does dry nicely with a hint of spiciness. A prolific bearer of 4–6" long wrinkled tapered pendent fruits. Enjoy fresh, although skins are a little tough, or roast and peel for delicious additions to pizza, pasta or stew. Pick red, dry and grind into sweet paprika or string into decorative ristras. Boldog sets enough fruit to accommodate all uses. Emily Skrobis reports that 8 plants easily produced a quart of paprika: “I never use store-bought paprika when I have immensely flavorful Boldog to spice up my cooking. It gets lots of compliments!” The town of Boldog is in a well-known spice-pepper district northeast of Budapest. ①
3759 Boldog Hungarian Spice - Organic
Log in to start or resume an order
Days to full-color maturity are from transplanting date.
Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto which means ‘bite.’
Culture: Start indoors in March or April. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°. Set out in June. Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Black plastic highly recommended. Row cover improves fruit set in windy spots. Pick first green peppers when they reach full size to increase total yield significantly. Green peppers, though edible, are not ripe. Peppers ripen to red, yellow, orange, etc.
Saving Seed: Saving pepper seed is easy! Remove core of the fully ripe pepper (usually red or orange) and dry on a coffee filter. When dry, rake seeds off the core with a butter knife. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow open- pollinated varieties and separate by 30 feet. Use only the first fruits for seed; allow only 3–4 fruits per plant to grow and remove all others. Fewer fruits = larger seeds = greater seed viability. Later fruits often have germination rates of only 60%.
BLS: Bacterial Leaf Spot
CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.