Puzzling Pepper Pollination

Yesterday was pepperoncini harvest day. I didn’t pick a peck of pickled peppers, but I picked a bunch, as you can see in the picture above. The interesting thing is that every one of those peppers was picked from plants that germinated from seed sown from the same seed packet. Yes, I grew these plants from seed myself, from one packet purchased from a well-known seed company. Believe it or not, every one of those fruits is a pepperoncini! It is obvious that the seed packet I purchased contained cross-pollinated seed. I found it so fascinating, I thought I’d check out Gregor Mendel’s theory on genetics. My experiment!