Today its about a another member of the chili pepper family. I'm takling about Banana Peppers.
Banana peppers are easy to grow and provide fresh peppers for many months during the summertime. The plant requires full sun. We can plant banana peppers in Containers, pots, or five gallon buckets.
The larger the area allowed for the plants to grow , the more the peppers . But make sure that whichever container you choose has proper drainage... Keep the soil moist for best of the plant production
1 Mix fertilizer with potting soil to provide the plants with nutrients. Pepper plants can be grown from transplants or seed.
I bought a plant from a garden centre , look for strong stems and dark green leaves. Don't buy plants with blossoms or fruit already growing, because these will not produce properly..
2 Fill your pot that has drainage holes in the bottom with a mixture of equal parts compost , dry cow dung and organic potting soil. Carefully remove the banana pepper plant from the garden centre bag and plant it at the same depth into the new pot.
3 Position the pot in a sunny spot where the banana pepper plant can receive at least eight hours of bright, preferably direct, sunlight each day.
4Water your banana pepper. plant well and whenever potting mixture feels dry to the touch.
Feed your banana pepper plant once every two weeks with a liquid vegetable fertilizer If you want .
5Harvest your banana peppers when they ripen and develop an even red color. You can also harvest the peppers earlier, when they're green or yellow. Tips to note :- *Use scissors or garden shears to cut the fruit. Do not pull out the peppers roughly by hand as this may damage the plant.
*Avoiding overwatering. Watering in the evening can prevent fungal and rots.
Watch for signs of disease or insect injury. The insects are controlled with a soap spray.. I preserve banana peppers by pickling
How to make banana pepper pickle :- Slice the banana peppers into rings 1/4-inch thick. Fill each mason jar to the top with banana peppers In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar and stir until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. When cooled, fill each jar with pickling brine, screw on the lid, and store in the refrigerator.
And you can just throw it on home made pizza toppings .
My favourite is banana pepper stuffed n fry .. I stuff my organic banana peppers with Chicken sausage, drizzled with olive oil and grilled them or roll it in bread crumbs and deep fry it. And serve with a tomato sauce . Yum yum ..