We Love Our Marconi Peppers!
We’ve grown the Marconi Peppers (red variety), Capsicum annum, for three straight growing seasons. These Marconi sweet peppers come on a bit late with beautiful long green fruits that gradually redden as the season progresses.
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We procured the seed from Baker Creek/RareSeeds.com, and though slow to germinate and grow in flats, this pepper loves it in the garden. The catalogue write-up indicates 80 days to maturity, so getting them out ASAP after the last frost will help.
- Slow to germinate
- Grows well in flats
- Easy to grow
- 80 Days to maturity
- Grows up to 6
- Plant ASAP after last frost
- Plants do best with support*
*One pointer for growing the Marconi Pepper is to provide support as it grows. Ours are nearly six feet tall now and have done well with the “Florida Weave” method lacing jute twine about every two feet up the stem.
Growing Marconi Peppers
- Press seeds into starter medium
- Place seed tray on heat mat
- Keep moist
Green Marconi Peppers
The green Marconi Pepper is just as sweet—or sweeter tasting—as green bell peppers. Marconi’s are often used for stuffing, like the popular poblanos from Mexico, they’re great for stuffing and for chile relleno casseroles (see our recipes below).
Red Marconi Peppers
The ripened Red Marconi Peppers do much better for us than the so called red” bell peppers. The taste is quite sweet and suitable as a raw ingredient for salads and garnishing as well as cooked in any number of ways in stir fry, casseroles, and omelets.
Sweet Red Pepper Nutrition Facts
Nutrition information for 1/2 cup raw sweet red peppers is the same for all sweet red peppers.
Water 92 %
Protein 1 g
Carbs 6 g
Sugar 4.2 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Fat 0.3 g
Saturated 0.03 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0.07 g
Omega-3 0.03 g
Omega-6 0.05 g
VITAMINS AND MINERALS:
- Vitamin C – 169% of the RDA
- Vitamin B6, (pyridoxine) beneficial in forming red blood cells
- Vitamin K1, (phylloquinone) for blood clotting and bone health
- Potassium, beneficial for heart health
- Folate, (aka folic acid, folacin, or vitamin B9) especially important during pregnancy
- Vitamin E, antioxidant for healthy nerves and muscles
- Vitamin A, (beta carotene)
Marconi Sweet Pepper Recipe
We made a delicious chile relleno recipe using green marconi peppers instead of the usual poblanos. We used this recipe from the FoodNetwork.com. We made two tweaks to this recipe:
- Did not pan fry first; placed directly into oiled baking dish instead
- We used mozzarella cheese sticks instead of shredded cheese
- We used gluten free bread crumbs, instead of flour, for the Chillie Relleons “crust”
Marconi Pepper Conclusion
Given all these attributes, three years of “field testing”, and the many positive ratings (e.g. Baker Creek’s on-line reviews), we recommend trying Marconi Peppers in your garden. If you have a small patch like ours, then it’s even more important to invest in a variety like Marconi.
Marconi peppers grow well, produce abundantly and have so many uses, both as a green and red vegetable.
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G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson