Caloro Pepper Seeds
This is a unique and intriguing variety, known for its thick-walled, conical-shaped pods that are about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Lots of vendors reference Caloro as a “Yellow Jalapeno” – partially due to how these peppers undergo a stunning transformation as they ripen, changing from green to a vibrant yellow, and ultimately to a rich red. They offer a blend of sweetness and a mild heat, falling between 3000 to 5000 on the Scoville Heat Scale. We tend to think of them as a spicy banana pepper shaped closer to a jalapeno, with jalapeno heat. A real yellow jalapeno can be found here – our Lemon Spice Jalapeno.
Fresh Caloro peppers can add zest to salsas and salads, make a fantastic relish or garnish, and are excellent for pickling. If you would do it with a banana, Hungarian wax, or jalapeno, you can substitute Caloro! Their versatility extends to being dried, which can preserve their unique flavor profile for longer periods.
Just like all peppers, they thrive in temperatures between 60 and 80°F, with at least six to eight hours of daily sunshine. They prefer well-drained, fertile, sandy loam soil with a slightly acidic pH between 6.2 and 7.0. The soil should be enriched with organic matter, compost, or aged animal manure, along with essential minerals and micronutrients like phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. For optimal growth, water the plants deeply and early in the morning, and consider using drip irrigation to maintain consistent soil moisture. Mulching around the plants will help conserve soil moisture.
As the plants begin to flower, a side dress of continuous-release fertilizer is beneficial. Support for the plants is essential due to the weight of the fruits; using a tomato cage, stakes, trellises, or fencing can provide the necessary support.
~4000 SHU. This is an estimate. Scoville ratings will change based on growing conditions.