Offered in 1935 by Joseph Harris & Company of Coldwater, New York, who reported, “If you want a large hot pepper, you should try the new Hot Portugal. The best hot pepper we know.”
Sturdy upright plants produce very heavy yields early in the growing season. Glossy red fruits grow 6 inches or longer — MEDIUM HOT. (65-75 days from transplant)
Each packet contains approximately 50 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Crops require full sun, fast draining soil and regular water. Peppers grow best when temperatures are warm and need substantial heat to set fruit. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or, depending on your climate zone, sow directly in the garden after the soil has warmed. Allow 1-1/2 feet between plants in all directions; provide support for varieties that grow over one foot tall.
Harvest fruits early and often — the more you pick the more they will produce. Always cut — do NOT pull — fruits from plants. Most varieties can be eaten when green or under-ripe, however, the flavor improves as plants mature.