Goccia d’Oro (Drop of Gold)
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Heat: Sweet, No Heat
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15+
- Capsicum annuum
- Bagged Bloom Seeds
“Goccia d’Oro” (Drop of Gold) is a sweet pepper that doesn’t seem to be as renowned as it deserves. This is the first year I have grown it, and I found it on the Seeds from Italy vendor site. I love the description that Craig Lindquist posted 10 years ago on his blog, “Vegetables of Interest.”
“If you’ve ever wondered why Italians dote on heirloom frying peppers and give expressions of polite pity to an American garden filled with big, blocky bell peppers here is a clue: Goccia d’Oro (Drop of Gold) is an open pollinated heirloom frying pepper that despite its size has delicate, thin walls that melt into a sweet mouthful. Its skin is also thin so you needn’t peel them. Cut-and-fry or simply apply a light coating of oil and grill. Italian frying peppers have a delicate taste that thick-walled American Bells lack. Goccia d’Oro is a very productive plant which yields early peppers best picked as they turn yellow. In my garden they’ve required staking to prevent them from toppling over with an abundance of big peppers. That’s the sort of extra work that a gardener finds appealing.” http://vegetablesofinterest.typepad.com/vegetablesofinterest/2008/08/goccia-doro-pep.html
I agree with all that Craig wrote, except for the idea that staking is an inconvenience. In fact, I never stake my peppers. I cage them, just as I do my tomatoes. Our sudden little summer afternoon thunderstorms are too intense to chance breaking off of the brittle branches. And caging is easy! Just plop the cage over the seedling, secure the cage to the ground or pot with a bamboo stick if needed, and let that puppy grow. 😊
Goccia d’Oro has been the easiest to grow of all the similarly shaped peppers I grew this year, including Super Shepherd. And it has also been the most prolific.
I do like a pepper that is as good to eat in the unripe or breaker stage (does that term apply to peppers?) as it is when fully ripe.
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