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The Field Guide to Peppers (Paperback)

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The essential guide for pepper enthusiasts!

A little spice can really take a meal to the next level—but with so many peppers to choose from, how do you pick one capsicum from another? In The Field Guide to Peppers, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson give expert advice on popular varieties like ancho, cayenne, jalapeño, serrano, and more. The 400 profiles in this fiery guide include all the major types of peppers, and each page features a color photograph along with all the details a pepperhead needs to know: common name, origin, source, pod length and width, plant height, color, harvest, and heat level, ranging from sweet to superhot.

About the Author

Dave DeWitt has written or coauthored more than thirty books on peppers and has edited two magazines on the subject. Chair of the board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, DeWitt is an adjunct associate professor at New Mexico State University. His media company, Sunbelt Shows, Inc., produces the annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.

Janie Lamson is the owner of Cross Country Nurseries in New Jersey and has been growing peppers since 1993. Her website,, offers 500 varieties of peppers, shipping live plants and fresh chiles throughout the United States. Janie's many years of experience growing peppers along with her enjoyment of photography has provided her with much insight into the world of peppers.

Praise For…

“[Field Guide to Peppers] is undeniably attractive even at first glance, with bold and colorful cover art. A quick skim through the book heightens the appeal, bright red pages and accents complementing full-color photos of all 400 peppers. . . . a beautiful and informative work.” —NYBG's Plant Talk

 “Home gardeners as well as avid chili heads will appreciate the vast quantity of peppers covered and the visual and plant growth habits presented in this guide.” —Library Journal

“The entries include a full-color photograph of the mature pepper plant, along with details such as cultivar name, origin, plant height, days to harvest, and heat level. There is also a sentence or two of trivia about the plant and what each particular pepper is commonly used for.” —Booklist

“As beautiful to look at as it is useful. . . . In addition to being a tool for pepper identification, the guide provides expert advice on how to choose the best chile for your garden. . . . This book is a wonderful resource for pepper enthusiasts and home gardeners alike.” —Chile Pepper Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781604695885
ISBN-10: 1604695889
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: December 30th, 2015
Pages: 308
Language: English