The Best Peppers in Southern California

Bell peppers are certainly thought of as a summer product, but some different varieties grow at different times of year -- so it's not totally odd that November is National Pepper Month. Here are some varieties that grow in Southern California, as well as some that are having a moment in L.A. restaurants. Shishito peppers are all the rage...

Home grown aji chilli. Image by Flickr user canelita0306.

Peppers at the Hollywood Farmer's Market. Image by Flickr user JohnnyRokkit.

Pasilla peppers at the Hollywood Farmer's Market. Image by Flickr user Muy Yum.

Lemon pepper linguine with asparagus from Pappardelle Pasta. Image by Flickr user jkwoo.

Sauteed shishito peppers at En Sushi. Image by Flickr user Muy Yum.

A purple pepper from Underwood Family Farms. Image by Flickr user jillmotts.

Cook's Tortas with grilled chilli peppers and aguas frescas. Image by Flickr user LWY.

Pepper tempura at Chaya Downtown Japanese Beer Garden. Image by Flickr user TreasureLA.

[Additional reporting by Yoli Martinez]

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