One of the first peppers I ever grew in my home garden was the Anaheim pepper. In this article, I share a complete guide to the Anaheim Pepper.
Fun Facts About the Anaheim Pepper
This delicious, simple to grow pepper is used primarily in Mexican cuisine and has just the right amount of heat without overwhelming the dish like other peppers. Maybe this is why I love the Anaheim so much!
Anaheim Pepper Growing Tips
Anaheim peppers do best in full sun in outdoor gardens once the temperature is above 75*F. The Anaheim pepper does well in the southern states that are hot and dry. Growing this pepper in greenhouses, geodesic domes (yay!) and containers can be done successfully.
- Start Anaheim pepper seed outdoors when the soil reaches 60*F.
- Starter plants work great as long as they are planted after all danger of frost.
- Space plants at least 12″ apart to allow room to grow and help air circulation.
- Anaheim pepper plants can be grown in a 12″ by at least 18″deep container. Have a stake available to help pepper plant grow upward safely.
- Anaheim pepper grows fairly fast in hot temperatures and does great if they are stressed a little by dry conditions once established.
- It is good to feed the Anaheim plant so be sure to use a good organic matter in the soil and mulch as needed.
- If the plant is in the ground be sure to stake them with bamboo or other wood. This will help prevent the plant from breaking with the weight of fruit.
- Harvest as they turn green. If you leave on the vine the pepper will turn red.
Favorite Anaheim Pepper Recipes
Bacon Wrapped Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Quinoa Anaheim Peppers
Anaheim Pepper Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
The Anaheim pepper is truly a multi-purpose vegetable. It can be prepared and stored in many different ways. Even the time it’s picked and the way it’s preserved can affect its potency. The pepper can be grown in hot humid climates, or in greenhouses if you live in a cooler climate. The Anaheim pepper plants also do well in containers.
Once you start harvesting your Anaheim peppers you’ll be looking for more exciting ways to prepare them in delicious Mexican, Italian, Chinese, or western dishes. With such a versatile flavoring you’ll soon wonder why you didn’t try growing them sooner!
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Happy Pepper Picking,