I love working for Marshalls - with the extensive range of fruit and vegetables on offer, I can take my pick of what I would like to try and grow with expert advice on hand. Each year Flueroselect, who are the International Organisation for the Ornamental Plants industry, decide on which vegetable they think will best represent the coming year and for 2018 they have chosen the Pepper.
In true Marshalls style, I have the pleasure of writing this blog on a new variety that is being brought to market. Introducing the Pepper Gogorez F1. An exciting new, sweet, jumbo sized pepper, perfect for the home grower. This particular pepper grows huge beefsteak tomato sized fruits and is great-tasting, with thick, fleshy walls and few seeds. It is a strong and sturdy, disease resistant variety, with each fruit weighing up to 300g. You can celebrate the ‘Year of the Pepper’ as well, harvesting your very own delicious Pepper Gogorez only 24 weeks after sowing.
- I will be sowing my seeds thinly in February, 2cm (3/4in) deep in clean individual modules filled with moist, firm compost. Place in warmth of 16°C (61°F) until transplanting.
- Transplant in May to June. We suggest you place one plant for every 30cm (12in) pot and provide some cane supports for your pepper plants which fruit abundantly.
- Start picking your peppers from July to see you through to October. Gogorez crops approximately 180 days from sowing, please remember to adjust the number of weeks required based on your location, if you wish to enter our competition.
Give it a grow and you could win up to £75
We have teamed up with the National Vegetable Society for your chance to show off your crops at 5 Regional Shows around the country, where there will be awards for the Heaviest Pepper Gogorez fruit.
- 1st place will receive £75
- 2nd place will receive £15
- 3rd place will receive £10
Here’s how to enter!
- Become a member of the National Vegetable Society. You can enjoy all the benefits of becoming an NVS member for an annual fee of just £17 and get FREE entry into the showgrounds on competition day
- Fill in an entry form for the show you wish to enter. (We will let you know as soon as these are available later in the year. Please watch this space, as well as our Facebook and Twitter page
- Select your heaviest pepper Gogorez for exhibiting and come along to the show.
The locations for the 2018 shows are:
- Southern – New Forest Show Ground, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hants, SO42 7QH – 24th to 26th July
- Scottish – Camperdown Park, Dundee – 31st August to 2nd September
- Welsh – St Fagans, National Museum of History, Nr Cardiff – 8th and 9th of September
- Midlands – Three Counties Showground, Malvern – 29th and 30th September
- National – Harrogate – 14th to 16th September
History of Peppers
If you do not know very much about the pepper, I can help you out with that. These delicious vegetables are also known as Capsicum and have no relation to black pepper. They have been cultivated for over 9000 years and prehistoric remains have been found in Peru. Originating in the Western Hemisphere, some sources say the spread of the Capsicum throughout the world is down to Columbus, while others believe that Conquistadors and Portuguese merchants were the ones who introduced the Capsicum to Europe, Africa and Asia. However it may have got there, the pepper soon became popular in many different cuisines due its versatility, flavour and because you can get hot or sweet varieties.
Today peppers are still used, whether hot or not, to cook with. In Spain they make chorizo with either hot chile or sweet pepper. In Hungary, they use both hot and sweet peppers, along with tomato, onion, garlic and lard to make a delicious thick stew called Lecsó and using dried peppers is how you make Paprika. It has also been used in several ways throughout Bulgaria, South Serbia and Macedonia in hundreds of different recipes:
- In salads
- Fried and covered in tomato paste, onions, garlic and parsley
- Stuffed with mincemeat, rice, beans, cottage cheese, egg and then cooked
Peppers are members of the nightshade family, which also includes potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant (aubergine). Bell peppers are sweet and plump with the green and purple ones being slightly bitter, while the red, orange and yellow are sweeter and almost fruity. One of the garden trends for 2018 focuses the ‘Grow your Own’ movement and peppers are a great way to do this. They make the garden brighter with the glistening greens of the leaves and the multi colours of the ripening peppers, they are an attractive and striking plant.
We are looking forward to hearing from you about your own experiences with the Pepper Gogorez. Don't forget to send in your feedback form, if you've misplaced your copy, download a spare here and email it back to us firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jemma Cox