Celebrating 50 years of making IQF peppers (1951-2021)!

We are IQF Peppers

We are IQF Peppers

Harvested and Flash Frozen at the peak of freshness

The only supplier that has Contra-Seasonal production capability with processing plants in the USA and Mexico.

The Eckert Advantage

Fire Roasting

Unlike the industry standard of burning the outer skin, we open up the pepper first. This allows the flames to roast all sides creating a deeper, more flavorful roasted product.

Harvesting

Since the plant will continue to produce more mature fruit at different times as it grows older, growers have two different considerations to harvest the pepper from the plant — mechanically or by hand.

Hand Harvesting

When harvesting by hand, growers have the opportunity to come back more than once to harvest their crop because the plant will continue to produce fruit. However production falls rapidly with each pick.

Mechanical Harvesting

When harvesting mechanically, the machines pull the plant out of the ground, which creates total destruction of the plant and all pieces of fruit at that time are collected.

The Tradeoff

The tradeoff between mechanical harvest and hand-picked is the availability of labor and the growers need to prepare the ground for the next crop in their rotation cycle. Today, we are about 50% mechanically harvested, the remainder being hand-picked.

Grown in California

Peppers require a lot of sunlight, warm days, and soil temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why California is still the largest growing region in the U.S. for bell peppers.

Color Variety

Green peppers are actually a premature fruit. When left on the plant longer they will turn a different color depending on the variety. The most popular colors are red and yellow.

Growing Season

While some varieties are direct seeded, most bell pepper plants are transplanted from seedlings that were germinated in a greenhouse. This allows for healthy plants and enables us to start the growing season sooner than a direct seed.

Growing Cycle

From transplanting in the fields to the first pick of fruit can be as long as 90 days for green peppers and 130 days for red and yellow peppers. Like any fruit or vegetable, many factors come into play during the growing cycle.

Experience is Key

As with growing any premium fruit there is an art involved that only comes from many years of experience. Our grower partners operate family farms that have been in business for many generations. The variety and the art of farming are key to growing a premium fruit.

Flash Freezing

However, just as important is how it is frozen and handled afterwards. If fruit is not flash frozen quickly, cell structure can be negatively impacted. If frozen product is not kept at sub-zero temperature during storage the fruit cells can actually continue to age.

High Quality Peppers

After being in business for almost 80 years, we have perfected the art and the science of producing the highest quality IQF bell peppers available in the industry today.