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Pasilla Pepper: A Wonderful Mexican Chile

In Mexico, there are many popular and widely used chiles. You have likely heard of ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. But have you heard of pasilla? Pasilla chile peppers are the dried form of the chilaca pepper. This Capsicum annuum variety is long and slender, ripening to a deep green, almost brown color. They are …

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Capsicum Annuum – A Beautifully Diverse Pepper Species

There are 5 major domesticated species of peppers. Among them are the superhots from C. chinense, and the fruity peppers from C. baccatum. However, none compare in popularity to Capsicum annuum. The C. annuum species is home to some of the world’s most widely cultivated and popular chili pepper varieties. These include the bell, jalapeño, …

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Buena Mulata Peppers – The Purple Heirloom Cayenne

Boy do we love a purple pepper. There are now countless purple and black varieties to choose from. However, one of the most striking is the buena mulata pepper. This cayenne-type pepper was saved through generations, leading back to Horace Pippin, an artist living in Pennsylvania in the early 1920s. He collected rare seeds, and …

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Peter Pepper – An Oddly-Shaped Pepper Variety

One of the most strange and silly pepper varieties is the peter pepper. Known for its…recognizable shape, the peter pepper is sure to start awkward conversations in the garden. In this article, I’ll share all about the peter pepper. Where did it come from? Where can you get seeds? Hot spicy are the peppers? What …

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Aji Amarillo – A Staple Peruvian Pepper Variety

The aji amarillo is considered a fundamental ingredient in Peruvian cooking. The large, orange chili peppers are an essential component of countless dishes, and are used to make the popular aji amarillo paste. This article is all about the aji amarillo. I’ll cover the origin of the variety, the plant characteristics, how to grow them …

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Black Pearl Pepper – A Great Ornamental Variety

Chili peppers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. From the orange and red striped varieties, to completely black varieties, you can basically find everything. Among the many varieties grown for ornamental purposes is the black pearl pepper. These gorgeous plants have dark foliage and dark peppers that ripen from purple to red. Black Pearl …

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Pimenta da Neyde Peppers – Black Beauty of Peppers

When it comes to obscure and interesting pepper varieties, many originate from the pimenta da neyde. This dark purple, almost black pepper variety has an enigmatic origin story, but we do know some things. So, in this article, I’ll share everything I know about the pimenta da neyde pepper, including its origin, plant characteristics, appearance, …

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Aji Pineapple Peppers – A Productive and Tasty Chili

If you live in North America, you may have never tasted a pepper from the Capsicum baccatum species. There are countless varieties in the species, so where should you even start? Well, I think the aji pineapple makes for the perfect introduction to the baccatum species of peppers. The plants are super productive, the peppers …

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Bahamian Goat Pepper – A Quirky and Fruity Chili

Some of the hottest peppers have origins in the Caribbean. While the Bahamian goat pepper is not among the spiciest, is is one of my personal favorites from the West Indies. With a name like ‘goat pepper,’ you will likely have some questions about the variety. In this article, I’ll share everything I know about …

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