Sandia Hot Pepper
Heirloom. Grow Sandia when you want a pepper that offers mild heat and versatility in use. This chile-style pepper has medium-thick walls that add a nice crunch to salsa. A favorite for roasting, the peppers are also often dried to create decorative strings, or ristras.
Introduced by New Mexico State University in 1956, Sandia plants bear heavy yields of green peppers that ripen to red. Heat increases as fruits redden. Harvest up to an average of 20 fruits per plant. Sandia is sometimes labeled as NuMex Sandia.
- Light: Full sun
- Fruit size: 6 inches long, 1.5 inches wide
- Matures: 77 to 80 days
- Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches
- Plant size: 24 to 30 inches tall, 18 inches wide
- Scoville heat units: 500 to 2,500 (mild)