This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy. This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily and has such a rich flavor that this variety has been placed in “The Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organization. Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper ripens a deep red, is very prolific and does well in most areas.
Jimmy Nardello peppers are known best as frying peppers though they are just as flavorful when raw. Italian sweet peppers are called “sweet” because they do not contain capsaicin, the compound responsible for the heat in hot peppers.