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US seed suppliers versus Italian seed suppliers

ChiliDude | Jan 3, 201112:20 PM

I think it is about time that we take US seed suppliers to task for being expensively stingy. They sell 30 hot pepper seeds for anywhere from $2.35 to over $4.00 depending on the seller.

My wife and I were in Italy in the summer of 2010. I bought packets of peperoncini (hot peppers in US parlance) for 1.5 Euro each. Each packet had at least 300 seeds in it if not more. I shared 60 seeds from each packet with a neighbor down the street. Even with the money conversion factor I came out way ahead, and there was no shipping and handling charge. I've stopped buying seeds from US dealers and save seeds from previous years. My advanced degree is in quantitative genetics, so I don't care if the flowers are cross pollinated. I only grow very hot peppers, and I'm only interested in the amount of capsaicin that is produced.

We should stop supporting US seed companies until they become more generous.

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