We did plant 48 peppers.
They certainly did produce well, this is only some of them. We had enough to eat all summer, plenty for the salsa we canned, and all of these for the freezer:
BUT ... our friend decided he didn't want them after all.
We ended up with 2 families worth of peppers.
Time to set up the production line and get to work!
The children traded off on the cutting and seeding then I did all the chopping. In the end we had 4 bags of 12 cups and one of 8, 56 cups of chopped peppers in all. I think we'll make it till next harvest on these! Well except the times we want fresh ones for veggie trays.
It is dead easy to scoop out a cupful for recipes as needed, no chopping required, and they don't wilt in the fridge between shopping days.
For the garden next year, this number of plants is good!