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Piccante Calabrese (Calabrian) Pepper Seeds

Piccante Calabrese (Calabrian) Pepper Seeds

Medium Hot Pepper Seeds

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Also widely known as the Calabrian pepper, Small Red Cherry, or Devil’s Kiss, this is a special Italian heirloom pepper that is used for a variety of culinary uses. The Peperone Picante Calabrese translates to “spicy pepper of Calabria,” which serves the name spicy pepper as it has a heat level of 25,000-40,000 SHUs!

These pepper plants grow to 3 ft. tall and produce small, round, bulbous, hot peppers that grow to at least 2" in diameter. They mature to a bright, glossy red color with moderate heat

They develop some of the best spice and smoky, fruity notes when left to mature longer, and are picked when they start to show a slightly wrinkled exterior. This is delicious on anything, and we cannot get enough of it! We recommend that you eat it fresh or dried, use it for stuffing with meats and cheese, and to sauté for topping burgers, pizzas, and steaks. A word of caution: the Piccante Calabrese pepper will lose its heat level, about 60%, once you cook them! This is a popular culinary pepper in Southern Italy, and we can understand why!

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  • Heat Level:
  • Plant Size: 3 ft.
  • Pod Size: 2 in.
  • Days to Harvest: 70 - 79 days
  • Origin: Italy
  • Species: Annuum
  • SHU: 25,000-40,000

Growing Instructions

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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Hank R.
picante calabrese - nice

everyone germinated, I think I lost one or two to the elements when I transplanted them. Great product!

Getting Started

So, you've received your seeds and are wondering what's next? At Pepper Joe's, we're committed to equipping you with everything you need to succeed in germinating the pepper seeds you've chosen. Our mission is to introduce you to a diverse array of pepper varieties, setting the stage for an exciting and rewarding gardening experience. Let's dive into the essentials together.

  • What You'll Need

    Soil and Tray Method

    Seed Starting Supplies 
  • Plant your Seeds

    1. Pre-saturate your seed starting soil mix. Ensure the seed starting mix is fully saturated prior to planting your seed.
    2. Make a ¼-inch hole in the center of each seed starting cell. A #2 pencil eraser is a great tool for making these holes.
    3. Place your seed and cover gently with soil.
      You can plant up to 4 seeds per cell to help ensure successful germination.
  • 4. Place your heat mat under  your base tray and your humidity dome on top. For best results, set your temperature controller between 75 - 80 degrees.

    5. Place your plant light above the seed starting tray and turn on. Refer to the plant light manufacturers instructions for the optimal distance. Plant light should remain on for 14 to 16 hours per day.

    6. Enjoy watching them grow! See our full instruction page below for more information.

    Starting Peppers from Seed