This pepper was brought from southern Italy to Naugatuck, CT in 1887 by Guiseppe and Angella Nardello. It was named for their 4th of 121 children, Jimmy, who loved to grow food and donated the seeds to Seed Savers Exchange! What a wonderful CT story! This is the favorite of so many organic market gardeners, including my friend Suzanne Duesing who swears by her Jimmy Nardellos every year. I agree. It is the best red, sweet pepper to eat fresh, grill, or freeze. I would NOT be happy if I couldn't have them in my garden. -NancyPeppers are a warm season crop and must be started indoors in late March/early April. Don't even THINK about planting them outside until all danger of frost is over and the soil has warmed up.