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This is our Doomsday Specialty Pepper Seeds page. It tells how many specialty pepper seeds one would need on hand in an emergency situation.
Most specialty sweet peppers start out maturing as green but if left on the vine, they will change color. Depending on the variety, you can have yellow, red or orange peppers. The more color, the more flavor you will have.
One cup of sweet peppers is about about 39 calories. With specialty sweet peppers it is hard to determine how many this will be since they come in various sizes.
So for the benefit of this page we will be basing our information on what is called the Snack Pepper, pictured above.
It takes about six of these snack peppers to make one cup of sweet peppers. On a 1200 calorie diet, it would take about 40 cups of peppers per day. This is about 87,000 snack peppers a year. This means you will need about 870 plants per year just for eating purposes. Plan on 1000 plants to produce seeds for the next crops and emergency or trade purposes.
Sweet peppers are full of nutritious value. You can look all of these up for yourself on numerous websites.
Sweet peppers can be dried and will keep for one to two years. Dried sweet peppers will not lose any of their nutritional value. Fresh peppers will last about 7 to 10 days. They do not ripen after being picked, in my experience. Some say they do.
You would need about 1/2 of an acre to grow this number of plants. Space out your plantings so that they do not mature all at one time.
All of the variety information on the David's Garden Seeds® website, including the days to
maturity, color and size are based on data from tests done at specific
locations. Many factors, including geographic location, daytime and
nighttime temperatures, the availability of plant nutrients, many unknown climate factors and insects/pest interact to determine a variety's
performance. For information on which varieties will perform best in
your area, we recommend that you contact your local county extension agent or a Master Gardener.
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