‘Cayennetta’ is an All-America Selections vegetable winner for 2012 and a blue-ribbon winner for me.
I entered 5 different produce competitions and came home with 5 blue ribbons. Here’s to beginner’s luck!
At the Denver County Fair, my ‘Cayennetta’ entry of two fire-engine red peppers must have gained the judge’s attention. These were the only red peppers in the category that included large green jalapenos, purple jalapenos, Spanish ‘Padron’ and even a plate of Naga-Bih Jolokia ‘Ghost’ peppers.
‘Cayennetta’ is a new pepper variety and was selected by AAS as a top vegetable for 2012. AAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to testing new garden seed varieties, selecting the very best as “winners” and then introducing them to gardeners to grow in their own gardens.
I started ‘Cayennetta’ from seed in March and transplanted it to a container in my patio garden in early June. In July, it was covered with 3 inch green peppers that turned a brilliant red on the plant. Its dense foliage protected the fruit from sun scorch, so it made a nice ornamental, too.
This pepper is said to be mildly spicy, but the heat of this summer has increased the capsaicin level in the peppers making them taste as hot as they look.