Back in 2018 we trialed over a dozen different sheepnose type pimento peppers; Leibesapfel Pepper stole the show with the largest volume of attractive, sweet fruits. A deeply-lobed, flattened red pepper with very thick flesh and juicy sweet flavor. It produces earlier than other pimentos and is perfect for our cool, short summers. Developed by a small seed company in Germany where the name Leibesapfel translates to “love apple.” Cheese peppers get their name from the Spanish Artisan cheese makers who used them for sweetness and coloring in their cheeses centuries ago.
Days to maturity: 75
Latin name: Capsicum annuum
Life cycle for seed saving: Annual
Start Leibesapfel Pepper indoors mid-March through early May. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 85°. Seed depth: ¼”. Maintain temp around 70° for healthy growth. Plant spacing: 12-18”. Row spacing: 18-36”. Harden off before transplanting. Plant in full sun.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!