Padrón peppers (Spanish: pimientos de Padrón) are a variety of peppers (Capsicum annuum) from the municipality of Padrón in the province of La Coruña, northwestern Spain. These are small peppers, with a color ranging from bright green to yellowish green. Their peculiarity lies on the fact that, while their taste is usually mild, a minority (10-25%) are particularly hot. Whether a given pepper ends up being hot or mild depends on the amount of water and sunlight it receives during its growth.
The peppers are customarily fried in oil and served as tapas. See Fried Padron Pepper recipe
Growing from Seed
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into individual 7.5cm (3″) pots of compost and grow on in cooler conditions.
Grown as: Annual
Days to Maturity: 80-85 (Spring/Summer)
Growing Habit: Bush
Hardiness: Very Tender
Crops: Spring Transplant
Growing Season: Long
Cultivar Type: ?
Growing Conditions: Warm, Hot
Outdoor Growing Temp: 60°F – 95°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 65°F
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: No
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
Suitability: Needs summer shade
Small Gardens? Yes
Attracts beneficial insects? No
Fruit Size: 1 to 2 inches long
Plant Height: 18.0-24.0″
Plant Diameter: 12.0-14.0″
Hardiness Zone: 4-12
Taste Profile: Mild flavor ideal for searing with a touch of salt.