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Oranos Chile Peppers
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As they grow, the green peppers mature into bright, almost neon orange-colored pods. Oranos peppers look similar to an Italian frying pepper, with a long conical shape tapering to a point. The peppers are slightly lobed. At maturity, Oranos peppers are between 5 and 6 inches long and about 1 ½ inches across at the shoulders. The brightly colored pepper has medium thick walls, and may be slightly dimpled or curved. Oranos peppers are sweet and juicy, with a crisp texture.
Oranos sweet peppers are available in the summer and fall months.
The Oranos pepper is a hybrid variety of Italian sweet pepper, botanically a member of Capsicum annuum. The early-ripening peppers were bred for disease resistance and flavor. The name Oranos may come from the pepper’s brightly colored skin.
Sweet peppers, like the Oranos, are high in vitamins C and A, as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium and iron. Sweet peppers are a good source of fiber.
The size and thicker walls of the Oranos pepper are ideal for stuffing with meats, cheeses or other mixtures. Rinse peppers under cool water and remove the stem, seeds and ribs before preparing. Sliced Oranos peppers can be used for traditional sausage and peppers or added to egg dishes and stir-frys. The flavor of Oranos peppers stands out in a fresh salad or diced into a pasta or chicken salad. Colorful Oranos pepper rings would be a nice addition to crudité or veggie platters. Roast Oranos peppers to bring out the sweet flavor. The orange peppers can be pickled to preserve, in a vinegar brine. Keep Oranos peppers in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic for up to a week.
Peppers of Capsicum annuum are native to South America and the Caribbean and were spread around the world by Portuguese explorers and travelers.
Oranos peppers are a relatively new variety, first introduced after 2015 by Vitalis/Enza Zaden of the Netherlands. It was touted as the first orange-colored “sweet tip” pepper. The pepper plants grow well in the northern climate of Washington state in the United States, as well as in the northeastern portion of the country. Oranos peppers were hand-selected to be disease-resistant and both colorful and sweet. Oranos sweet peppers are not available commercially and can be found through seed companies or through small farms at local farmer’s markets.