Italia Pepper​


  • Organic
  • Sweet, corno-di-toro (“horn of the bull”) type pepper
  • Fruits grow to 5 – 7 inches long and 1.5 – 3″ wide.
  • Sweet.
  • New for 2021
  • From the collection
  • 80 days from transplant

Item Details

This corno-di-toro (“horn of the bull”) type of sweet pepper earned high marks from Seed Savers Exchange staff at a 2014 tasting at our Heritage Farm headquarters. Curved, tapered fruit mature from green to red, have thin walls, and taste very sweet (not hot). Erect plants grow 14-28″” tall and have sparse branching, green leaves and stems with light-purple nodes, and white flowers. Mature fruit reach 5-7″” long and 1.5-3″” wide. Introduced in 1987 by Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Albion, Maine, this variety has been shared within the SSE Yearbook Exchange community ever since. 70-80 days from transplant. Sweet. Organic.

History of the Plant

History. The peperoncino probably came to Italy in the early 16th century, after Christopher Columbus took samples from the New World to Europe in 1492.

Learn to Grow Italia Pepper

Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost

Germination: 14 Days

Rows Apart: 24"

Light: Full Sun

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media



Sweet peppers grow best in a greenhouse, polytunnel or conservatory, but will also grow outdoors in a very warm, sheltered, sunny spot (at the base of a wall for instance), 



Peppers like warmth, so wait to plant until nighttime temperatures have consistently reached 60 degrees and all danger of frost has passed. 



March to April in modules on a heated bench or in a propagator at a temp between 18 and 21C. Transplant to 7.5cm pots after 4 weeks. Plant in final positions indoors no earlier than May.




Water immediately after planting, then regularly throughout the season. Aim for a total of 1-2 inches per week (more when it’s hotter).



Pepper plants need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Mix compost or other organic matter into the soil when planting.



While the best pepper plant fertilizer depends on soil condition and the gardener’s preference, the top performer is Pepper & Herb Fertilizer 11-11-40 Plus Micro Nutrients.



Transplant them outside after frosts have ended and the soil has warmed. Daytime temps should be between 60-80°F and nighttime temperatures should be above 55°F.



Space plants 12-18 inches apart in rows two to three feet wide. For square foot gardening, plant one per square.




Vitamins: Like many members of the Capsicum family, pepperoncini peppers are rich in both vitamin A and vitamin C. The vitamin A in these peppers is important for eyesight while vitamin C is important for the production of collagen, which helps with skin health and wound healing.



They’re also stuffed with vitamins A, B, and E. Some studies suggest capsaicin acts as an antioxidant to protect your cells and helps tamp down inflammation.

  • Benefits the Digestive Tract. …
  • Promotes a Healthy Heart. …
  • Mitigates Migraines. …
  • Relieves Joint Pain. …
  • Improves Metabolism / Promotes Weight Loss. …
  • Quells Psoriasis. …
  • Reduces Cancer Risk. …
  • Fights the Flu, Colds and Fungal Infections.

Amazing Recipes of Italian Pepper (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House

Italian peppers and onions are gently fried and flavored with garlic, oregano and red pepper. A quick 20 minute addition to antipasti.


Peperonata aka Italian Bell Pepper Stew is a traditional Italian recipe where peppers and onions are simmered together to create a tasty bell pepper side dish.


Italian Frying Peppers is a variety of small sweet peppers that have elongated finger size shape.


My Italian Roasted Peppers recipe is a simple and flavoursome dish full of all those summery flavours

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