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Help Identifying Mystery Pepper

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A kind neighbor dropped off two pepper plants for us to try out late last year. They overwintered well with some protection and this year they are bursting at the seams. All the neighbor was able to tell us is that they are from seeds that a friend brought back from Italy. They are sweet and very tasty. I have had no success trying to find anything similar online - all the small peppers are spicy and not from Italy. I will say that since we don't know what these are - they might not be full size and they might change colors when riper - I have no idea!

Does anyone have any ideas as to what these might be??

Many thanks!

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  1. I don't have any answers, but I hope somebody does- they're beautiful.

    1. I haven't grown them but it looks like a Balloon Pepper


      From the description it says the "wings" are sweet but seeds are very hot.


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      1. re: gourmanda

        THAT'S IT!!! Thank you so much!!! Sorry for the delayed response. The seeds are definitely hot, which I didn't know when I last posted because we had only tasted the flesh - they are great in salsa because of the sweet/hot balance. My next mission is to stuff them.

        If you have an chance to grow them they are very vigorous and produce a ton of yummy fruit.

        Thank you again!

        1. re: EmBrooks

          It sounds really interesting with sweet flesh and yet hot seeds. Thanks for posting your pic--it's something to think about for next year.

      2. Wow, beautiful. I've never seen those before.

        1. Didn't see the balloon pepper, but here's a pretty good list.

          1. They definitely look like a chinenses species to me, but as you say, most of those are hot. Aji dulce is an exception, but the ones I've seen don't look like exactly that. I will have to look up "baloonpepper pepper" , because once they get going, chinenses do very well for me, and occasionally overwinter, but who can use dozens of scotch bonnets?

            Here is another good source

            Aji dulce

            Other chinenses species


              1. re: andy43

                From chileman.org

                BISHOPS HAT
                This variety has many names: Balloon, Pimenta Cambuci, Campane, Peri Peri, Ubatuba Cambuci, Aji Flor, Orchid, Christmas Bell and Bishops Crown to name a few!! This very unusual pod shaped variety is believed to have been transfered from South America to Europe by the Portuguese in the 18th century and is actually part of the species Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum. The plants are quite large growing 3 to 4 ft tall and produce 30 to 50 extremely weird 3 or 4 flat winged, wrinkled almost flying saucer like 1 ½" wide pods. The flesh of each pod is thin athough crisp to taste and they mature from green to red approximately 90-100 days after seedlings have emerged. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild.