“We have none of that this year. The peppers are absolutely gorgeous and are looking and yielding like fall peppers.”
Lytch said January and February peppers normally don’t produce as good sizings and shapes as other times of the year.
He said the early January freeze and mid-February cold didn’t harm the peppers.
For East Coast production, Brian Rayfield, vice president of sales and marketing for J&J Produce Inc., Loxahatchee, said Palm Beach County is producing high-quality peppers.
“Overall, we have an excellent crop,” he said in late February. “For retailers, there has been a healthy mix of jumbos and extra larges. It is healthy, dark green and has ‘blocky’ thick walls making for an excellent box of fruit.”