'Mariachi' is named after the Mexican regional musical band that became popular in
Jalisco, Mexico in the mid-1800's. Both the band and the pepper are festive and colorful,
reminding us to enjoy our outdoor living spaces and gardens. 'Mariachi' is a beautiful
plant, deserving a sunny location in an annual or perennial flower bed. 'Mariachi' sets
fruits and produces an abundant crop of high quality, mild chile peppers. The chile
peppers are pendant, meaning they will hang below the stem. It is a fleshy pepper that
ripens from creamy white to rose, then red. Some people may wait for the mature red
pepper, but because its flavor is delicate and complex, having fruity undertones
reminiscent of melons, the gardeners will harvest them at the creamy white stage.
'Mariachi' peppers are moderately pungent, with Scoville readings in the 500 to 600 range
when grown under non-stressful conditions. Add stress, such as extremely hot weather or
overly dry soil, and Scoville readings may rocket.
'Mariachi' chiles can be used in salsas or sauces and are especially flavorful when
roasted whole on the grill or under the broiler. 'Mariachi' peppers can be used in many
dishes, either raw or cooked, but the reason to grow vegetables is the exceptional taste
and highest nutritional value - fresh from your garden.
AAS WINNER DATA
Genus species: Capsicum annuum
Common name: Pepper
Fruit size: About 4 inches long by 2 inches wide, 1.5 ounces
Color: Creamy white, ripening to rosy red, then red
Plant type: Upright bush
Width: 20 inches
Garden spacing: 20-24 inches
Unique qualities: Larger fruit than comparison, higher yield, better
Disease tolerances: TMV strain Po (tobamovirus)
Length of time from transplanting to harvest: About 66 days
Closest comparison(s) on market: 'Santa Fe Grande,' 'White Fire,'
to All-America Selections
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