From Tatiana's TOMATOBase
|Fruit shape||conical, slim|
|Heat level||very hot|
|Scoville Heat Units (SHU)||15,000-30,000?|
|Variety type||heirloom, open-pollinated|
|Country||Israel or Africa|
- This is a different Gamba pepper, with very hot flavor. Pods are slender and small, turn from green to red, about 2" long. The seeds that we received from Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa (IA SSE HF) are likely crossed, as we got at least three different types of peppers, from thin and very hot cayenne to medium hot slightly thicker and larger pods. We labelled this pepper 'Gamba Hot', to differentiate from the sweet Gamba pepper vended by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds .
- Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa (IA SSE HF) 13 / Edward A. Spaans of Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI SP E)
Year grown: 2014
- The exact origin of this pepper is unknown, but according to Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa (IA SSE HF) description in the SSE Yearbook, it is an ethnic variety from Israel or Africa. One translation of "gamba" (as used in cooking) means 'sweet red pepper'.
- Some SSE members list is a hot, and others list is as sweet, so it is possible there are different varieties out there with the same generic name 'Gamba'. Sweet (cheese pepper) variant is offered by some commercial vendors in North America.
- First offered in the Seed Savers 1991 Yearbook by Robert Bell of Coolville, Ohio (OH BE R), listed in PEPPER/SWEET section.
- SSE PEPPER 343.
|Year||Commercial Vendors||Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings)||Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)|
|2013||Southern Exposure Seed Exchange