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This sweet Italian variety is named after the neighborhoods in Melrose Park, Illinois that nurtured it for years. Melrose sweet frying peppers are an excellent early variety, producing 4-in. red fruit in 70-90 days. Eat them fresh, in sauce, stuffed or fried.
Each packet contains approximately 25 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.