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North Carolina Peppers

North Carolina PeppersThe interest in peppers extends to their nutritive and medicinal value in that peppers are a recognized source of Vitamins C and E and are high in antioxidants. These compounds are associated with prevention of cardiovascular disorders, cancers, and cataracts.

Peppers are a warm-season crop and need a long season for maximum production. Temperature has a large effect on the rate of plant and fruit growth and the development and quality of the red or yellow pigments.
Ideal temperature for red pigment development is between 65 and 75 F. Above this range the red color becomes yellowish, and below it color development slows dramatically and stops completely below 55 F.

North Carolina Pepper Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Peppers

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling, Forced Air Cooling

Optimum Temp ºF


Freezing Temp ºF


Optimum Humidity %


Normal Storage Life

2-3 weeks


Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125