However, the Sugar Rush Stripey pepper may just be the most fascinating we have seen so far. We were lucky enough to get some seeds, and we planted and shared seeds to grow as many plants as possible!
Now that the peppers have ripened, we can finally share our thoughts on the striped Sugar Rush pepper. In this article, I’ll go through everything we know about this pepper, along with our opinion on the flavor and heat.
Sugar Rush Stripey History
The ‘Sugar Rush’ varieties were first bred in Finland around 2010. Fatalii.net has an experimental greenhouse, and its creator was fascinated by the sweetness of a particular C. baccatum plant, so he named it ‘Sugar Rush.’
From there, seeds were shared with Chris Fowler from Wales, who went on to breed the Sugar Rush Peach and Red varieties. These are well-loved by the pepper community (including the Pepper Geeks).
In 2015, a USA grower discovered that one of his Peach plants had striped pods. From here, seeds were shared back to the original creators of the peppers to be stabilized.
Now, seeds are becoming more widely available, and the unique striped characteristics of the variety seem to be relatively stable. Out of the 5 plants that we grew, only one of them failed to ripen with stripes.
Note: There is a great document created by fatalii.net that explains the history of this pepper, so feel free to learn more there!
When we say this pepper is special, we mean it. The only other variety that we know of that ripens to a striped appearance is the ‘Aloha’ pepper. However, what is different here is that seeds carry on the trait, while the Aloha pepper’s seeds do not.
When fully ripe, these peppers have a deep orange color with vertical red stripes. Before ripening, the pods simply appear pale yellow or a light peachy color.
The pods are about 4-5″ (10-13cm) long and have a squiggly, whimsical appearance, just like other Sugar Rush varieties. The stripes range from pencil-thin to very thick, and typically run the entire length of the skin.
If the amazing stripes weren’t enough, the flavor of these peppers is also delicious. They’re on of the best tasting peppers we have tried. If you’ve had a Sugar Rush Peach, you’ll know what to expect: sweet, crunch, and fairly hot.
In my opinion, these peppers are almost identical in flavor to the peach variety. The thick, crunchy walls of the pods lend themselves well to being pickled or chopped and eaten fresh with cheese & crackers.
In terms of heat, the Stripey is no slouch. These peppers pack a good punch, similar to many other spicy C. baccatum varieties.
In short, the Sugar Rush Stripey likely falls between 25,000-50,000 SHUs on the Scoville scale. This places it around the same heat level as cayenne peppers.
The heat is mainly concentrated in the pepper’s placenta, the white membrane that has the seeds attached to it. If you want to reduce the heat, simply remove this portion before eating (and why not save the seeds while you’re at it).
Personally, I think this pepper has the perfect amount of heat. Not so hot that it can’t comfortably be eaten, but not purely sweet, either.
The question you’re probably asking is, “Where can I get seeds, immediately?!” As of the time of writing this, FataliiSeeds.net has some available for sale (though they aren’t exactly cheap).
- Matt’s Peppers
- Towns End
- Bohica Pepper Hut
- JP Pepper Seeds
- Refining Fire
- Fatalii Seeds (For European buyers)
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Fatalii is based out of Finland, so shipping may be added to your order. Also, if you are located in the US, a phytosanitary certificate is required for international seed orders. Check with Fatalii to learn more.
Growing Sugar Rush Striped Peppers
Growing these peppers is very similar to growing any other C. baccatum variety. The plants in this species tend to take longer to fully mature, and the Stripey is no exception. Our very first ripe pepper came about 6 months after planting the seeds!
The plants can grow to be very tall as well, with our potted plant measuring about 5 feet tall. If pruned for height, I wouldn’t be surprised if the plants could reach 6-8 feet tall in a single season.
Our in-ground plant did not grow nearly as large, but we also had to wait much longer to get it into the ground here in zone 6a.
Essentially, you’ll grow this plant the same way you would a jalapeno pepper. Just be prepared to have patience as the peppers ripen incredibly slowly!
Most baccatum varieties behave the same way, though some (like the aji pineapple) are smaller plants. The SRS can grow to be a giant in perfect conditions!
This new pepper variety is an inspiration. As if we needed another reason to love growing peppers. I hope you will get your hands on some of these incredible seeds and grow them yourself!