2006 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Pepper 'Mariachi' hybrid
National Winner
2006 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Pepper 'Mariachi' hybrid
National Winner
2006 AAS Vegetable Award Winner:
Pepper 'Mariachi' hybrid
National Winner

Pepper 'Mariachi' hybrid
2006 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

'Mariachi' is named after the Mexican regional musical band that became popular in Jalisco, Mexico in the mid-1800's. '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 to 1500 or 2000.

'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.


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 color
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,' 'Healthy'

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Pepper
Variety Name: 'Mariachi' hybrid
Genus: Capsicum
Species: annuum
Year: 2006
Common Name: Chile pepper
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: Seminis Vegetable Seeds
Close Market Comparison: 'Santa Fe Grande,' 'White Fire,' 'Healthy'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Bushy, Upright
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 20-24 inches
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 66 days
Fruit Color (Harvest): creamy white, ripening to rosy red, then red
Fruit Shape: cone shaped thick walled
Fruit Size: 3.25 x 1.75 inches
Fruit Weight: 1.5 ounces
Fruit Flavor Description: Delicate and complex with fruity undertones at the creamy white stage
Plant Spread: 16 to 20 inches
Disease Resistances or Tolerances: TMV strain Po
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES

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