- Originating in Italy, the Jimmy Nardello pepper is best known for its flavor and sweetness and is used for salsas, fried, roasted, or dried.
(75 days) Approx. 30 seeds. The Jimmy Nardello pepper originated in the small Southern Italian coastal town of Ruoti. It is here over a 100 years ago Giuseppe Nardiello and wife Angela grew this sweet frying pepper. Now Giuseppe and Angela like many folks had heard of the new opportunity in a place called America. So, in 1887 they set sail from Naples landing in Naugatuck, Connecticut. Of course they took their prized seeds with them to settle in their new home garden. The story goes the couple had 11 children, the 4th being named Jimmy. Now how Jimmy's name stuck to the pepper I don't know, but I'm sure glad this sweet succulent pepper made its way here!