Chile peppers range from mild to incendiary, but there is much more to their complex flavors than just heat, as you discover when you grow them yourself. It's fun to grow different varieties and discover the diversity of their shapes and flavors from mild and rich to spicy and piquant to fiery hot.
A dose of chiles is a great antidote for the blues; curling up with a spicy bowl of fresh, hand-chopped salsa and chips cures most bad days! True natives of the New World, spicy capsicums will grow nicely anywhere sweet bell peppers do well.
All peppers will eventually turn from green to their mature, ripe color which, depending upon their breeding, may be red, orange, gold, or yellow. When they are fully mature and colored, peppers have more vitamins and sweetness than immature green stage. Choose varieties for flavor, earliness and deep colors. Handsome pepper plants are gracefully ornamental, with glossy leaves and pert white flowers. They belong in every summer garden and kitchen.