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Miniature Chocolate Bell Pepper

SKU: 0402A-P25

Item Details

Short stocky plants covered with lovely 2" long miniature bell peppers with an excellent fresh flavor. This arose in the garden of Ohio Seed Savers Exchange member Lucina Cress during the 1980s in her crop of full-sized Chocolate peppers. She saved seeds from the smallest fruits. Great for salads.

  • 90 days from transplant
  • Organic
  • Sweet pepper
  • Fruits ripen to deep brown
  • Fruits grow to 2 inches
  • Plants are stocky and short

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Salsa
  • Pickling

This pepper is: SWEET

Bell peppers are sweetest when they mature to a full color, but the crunchy green flesh is a great addition to many savory dishes. You can stuff these peppers with cabbage, then pickle them or toss raw peppers in a salad.

Roast your red peppers over a burner or under a broiler, then peel and puree with hummus or slice and add to grilled eggplant and mozzarella sandwiches with fresh basil.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.

  • Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 14 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

5 reviews

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Fun and easy, not great on flavor


These are beautiful plants with lots of adorable mini bells that really do look like chocolates. Lose a star for flavor which is almost bitter. Recommend only if you have to space to grow something for the fun of it.

Outstanding Survival Garden Variety


When it comes to a survival garden, the heirloom mini bells (all colors) are highly productive/resistant to diseases/ rot.... We've found them to be much more productive than any of there variety (especially larger types). Regarding taste, they are tasty (unless you are fussy). You can also make them tastier (as with anything), if you know how to cook... sauteed with butter, coconut oil, Himalayan sea salt, garlic, culinary herbs. They are to die for!!!! : ) Perfect for pickling, stuffing, dehydrating for winter/survival food preservation.

My family and I highly recommend!!!

New favorite!


These are the tastiest, sweetest peppers I've ever eaten! Mine definitely did not lack in flavor. My daughter even likes them, and she hates peppers. They take quite a while to ripen, however. The first peppers took around two months to ripen, but they seem to ripen more quickly after the first round. This is most definitely a prolific pepper variety. It is still producing and looks extremely healthy after four months. I grew mine in a pot on my covered back deck. It gets about five hours of evening sun, and has weathered me forgetting to water it several times. It also seems to be very resistant to disease and insects. I'm very impressed with this variety and will definitely be including them in my garden from now on.

Worked well hydroponically


Grew these in an Aerogarden Sprout that isn't really meant for full-height peppers, and even so am getting a reasonable yield. Tastes great, looks like they are about 75% of the size they would be in the ground with plenty of vertical space. Planning to try again later in a taller hydroponic system.

Get up early to beat the chipmunks to them.


100% ripen- unlike the large peppers. They make for a great, sweet snack while out gardening.