When a gardener finds a little pepper inside a bigger pepper, she wonders: Why does that happen and what's it called?
Karan Davis Cutler
Gardeners, much like Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," can count on the kindness of strangers. The strangers in this case were a half-dozen botanists. The kindness was answering a question: What is the term for the small pepper that sometimes grows inside a bell pepper? And what causes it?
I searched the library and the Web before I sought help, so it made me feel better when most of the experts came up empty-handed.
Dr. Stommel is located in Beltsville, Md,, the mother ship of the ARS, but the service has units located from coast to coast that carry out thousands of research projects about everything agricultural, both floral and faunal.
Readable summaries of their technical research appear in the monthly Agricultural Research magazine, which you can access online.