Homegrown Hillsborough: Hot and Mini Bell Peppers
Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. In this monthly feature we discuss a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.
October's Harvest: Hot and Mini Peppers
Fun fact: Though commercial production takes place largely in fall and spring, hot peppers are among few crops that grow well in summer months in Hillsborough County.
When are fresh local peppers available at local groceries and farm stands?
There are two growing seasons: October through December, and April through June
What types of peppers are grown commercially here?
Jalapeño, Cubanelle, Hungarian Wax, Long Hot, Cherry Bomb, and Mini Bell
Where are peppers most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
East County and South County
What is the annual value of peppers harvested here?
In a good year, Hillsborough County farmers can produce almost $6 million (gross sales) of peppers.
Local insight: Commercial production of hot peppers is increasing in Hillsborough County.
More information about growing your own Florida hot peppers