These plants are medium tall and very productive. The pods are 15 - 20cm long and ripen from bright green through mahogany to red in about 80 days. Joe E Parker has thicker walls, more flesh and is longer than most.
This pepper is excellent for roasting, stuffing or chopping for a variety of dishes. Once picked, individual peppers ripen to red of their own accord. The peppers can be eaten green or red. Joe E Parker chiles have 4,500 - 5,000 Scoville heat units, rating it mild.
Sow Chile seed 0.5-1cm deep spaced 50-60 cm apart in rows 1.0-1.5 m apart. The soil should be warm, over 18 C. Chiles take about 75-90 days to produce ripe fruit.
Tropical areas. Anytime Subtropical areas. August to March Mild Temperate areas. August to December Cold Temperate areas. September to November In Temperate areas it is best to plant using seedlings prepared a month to six weeks earlier. Chiles like alkaline soil and do best in gardens with dolomite or wood-ash added to the soil.