All 25 varieties took off. Every plant was full of peppers from June until a heavy frost killed them in the middle of December.
- We made stuffed pickled peppers out of the thick, sweet sheep nose pimento peppers.
- We filled lunch boxes galore with the mini-bells and the lunchbox mix.
- We blistered panfuls of shishito peppers in olive oil and salt all summer.
- We made jalapeno poppers that even the kids loved with our nadapenos (a heat-less jalapeno).
That’s only SOME of what we made with all those gorgeous peppers. Peppers we never would have been able to eat if we hadn’t planted our own seeds. And this is just a pepper example. This is true for every vegetable I can think of.
Reason # 2- You Get to Eat Better Tasting Vegetables
If you think you don’t like a vegetable, grow it yourself before you give up on it, because you may change your mind.
I’m serious. You’ve heard it before, and it’s true. Home-grown vegetables do taste better.
The tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables at the grocery store are NOT grown for good flavor. I repeat- grocery store veggies are NOT grown to ensure good flavor.
Grocery store vegetable varieties are bred and grown to last longer while they are being transported thousands of miles to get to the grocery store shelves.
The average apple in the store is one year old. A whole year.
Tomatoes can last for weeks because they were picked green and then shipped surrounded by a gas that causes their aging process to slow down. Yummy, that sounds delicious!! (sarcasm)
Meanwhile, your Cherokee Purple beefsteak tomato is perfectly ripe, warm from the sun, and just waiting for you to slice into it.
Another reason that vegetables you grow taste better than store-bought ones is that you can pick them earlier when they are more tender.
Many vegetables taste better when you pick them a bit early when they are smaller, softer, or less bitter. You have no control over that with grocery store vegetables, but you completely control that when you grow your own food.
An excellent example of this is eggplant.
Lots of people hate eggplant. H-A-T-E it. They hate it because ripe eggplant can be bitter. Really bitter. And those mammoth whoppers they sell at the grocery store have skins like leather and are usually quite bitter.
Yes, you can salt it to “draw out the bitterness”, but I don’t think that works at all. The salt just sort of masks the bitterness, it doesn’t draw it out of the vegetable.
The key to growing eggplant that isn’t bitter is to plant the right varieties and to pick the fruits early when they are smaller and more tender.