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Jimmy Nardello Pepper

Jimmy Nardello sweet peppers growing at Bottle Hollow Farm, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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Jimmy Nardello

Sweet Italian

Frying Pepper

Bottle Hollow Farm

Sweet {no heat}

Looking somewhat like a large cayenne chili, it's easy to see why most folks assume the Jimmy Nardello is a hot pepper. But, au contraire, it's a
sweet Italian frying pepper.


This family heirloom pepper hails from Southern Italy and was brought to America in 1887 by Giuseppe and Angella Nardello. Upon settling in Naugatuck, Connecticut, they continued to grow the pepper in their garden; eventually naming it after their fourth son, Jimmy.

The peppers start green and mature to a rich, deep red. On average, they grow about 6 to 9 inches, but can reach lengths of 10 to 12 inches.

The rich, sweet flavor earned Jimmy Nardello peppers a spot on the Slow Food
Ark of Taste list. Praising the Jimmy Nardello pepper, Slow Food writes... "It is considered one of the very best frying peppers as its fruity raw flavor becomes perfectly creamy and soft when fried."


The Jimmy Nardello pepper is certainly exceptional for cooked or fried use. But, don't overlook it for fresh eating. The raw flavor is deliciously sweet. Plus, the thin skins make this pepper well-suited for drying or pickling.

Jimmy Nardello sweet pepper...
in one word, amazing!

Jimmy Nardello peppers from Bottle Hollow Farm, Shelbyville, Tennessee