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Eros Bell Peppers
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Eros sweet peppers grow on sturdy, large-leafed plants. They are miniature bell peppers that ripen from a light green to a golden yellow-orange color. Eros sweet peppers are three or four-lobed, and grow up to 2 inches tall and one-inch-wide with a slightly tapered shape. They have a sweet and slightly fruity flavor with a crisp, juicy texture.
Eros peppers may be found year-round with peak season in the summer and fall.
Eros peppers are an early season sweet bell pepper variety of Capsicum annuum, developed by Johnny’s Select Seeds in Maine. The golden yellow peppers were selected during the same trials as the cupid sweet pepper, another mini bell from Johnny’s breeding program.
The golden color of the Eros sweet peppers suggests its high levels of beta-carotene (the phytonutrient that gives Eros peppers their golden hue). Bell peppers are full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They contain more vitamin C than an orange, and have high levels of vitamins A and E. Peppers also contain high amounts of antioxidants which are beneficial for optimal health.
The small size of the Eros sweet peppers makes them ideal for a variety of applications. They are marketed as a “snack” or “lunch box” sized, perfect for little hands or easy fresh eating. The sweet flavor of Eros mini bell peppers is well-suited for fresh salads, grilling or roasting to serve with meat. Sweet Eros peppers can be stuffed with cheeses, meats, or grains, and baked for appetizers or hors d’oeurves. Rinse peppers under cool water and remove seeds, placenta and ribs before using. Eros mini sweet peppers can be sliced, diced, or julienned for sautéing or adding to pasta or egg dishes. Eros mini bells are perfect for kabobs. Keep Eros sweet peppers in the refrigerator, wrapped loosely in plastic or in an airtight container, for up to a week.
Eros sweet peppers were developed by Janika Eckert, the plant breeder at Johnny’s Select Seeds. Ms. Eckert won the All-America Selections (AAS) Breeder’s Cup in 2016 for her part in the development of four AAS-winning varieties, including three pepper varieties. Johnny’s Select Seeds is located in Albion, Maine has been breeding and developing seeds for gardeners and farmers alike since 1973.
Eros sweet peppers were first introduced in 2015 by Johnny’s Select Seeds as a colorful companion to their red ‘cupid’ mini bell pepper. The Eros, along with the release of other sweet peppers like the cupid, led the National Garden Bureau to declare 2015 as the ‘Year of the Sweet Pepper’. Eros mini bell peppers were selected for their color and other positive characteristics during field trials. Plant breeder Janika Eckert cross-pollinated an old hybrid bell pepper with two varieties of red and yellow mini bell peppers, along with a sweet regular-sized bell pepper. The result was a red cultivar, the cupid, and a yellow cultivar, the Eros. Bell peppers are originally native to South and Central America and the Caribbean. Peppers cross-breed quite easily and there are at least 25 known, distinct Capsicum species. Most commercial bell peppers are grown in Florida. The Eros sweet mini bell pepper can be found in home gardens and through small farms at local farmer’s markets.