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Step things up from the mild poblanos to something with more kick. The serrano, jalapeno and mild cayennes fall into this category. This is a sweet spot for making homemade hot sauces!

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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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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Sugar Rush Stripey Peppers – The Striped Baccatum

There are some amazing and strange pepper varieties out there. The 7 pot bubblegum has a ‘bleeding calyx,’ while the Farmer’s Market jalapeno is covered in corking. 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 …

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Brazilian Starfish Peppers – Beautiful and Sweet Ají

There is a rich diversity of pepper varieties. Sweet, spicy, large, small, wrinkly, smooth, the list of traits seems endless! Among the most beautiful is the Brazilian Starfish pepper. These peppers almost look like candy, and are an absolute joy to grow in the garden. If you’re looking for something special to add to your …

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Farmer’s Jalapeño Peppers – One Strange Pepper

If you are new to growing peppers, you may not know about the vast number of varieties. The jalapeño peppers you are used to seeing at the grocery store are not the only jalapeños out there! One of the strangest jalapeno types is the Farmer’s Jalapeño pepper. The Farmer’s Jalapeno, also known as the potato …

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We’re Lucky Fish Peppers Still Exist

What are Fish peppers? They seem to be growing in popularity in some American cultures, but they have a rocky and intriguing history. Fish peppers are a spicy pepper variety within the Capsicum annuum species. They are slightly hotter than a Jalapeno pepper, but much less intense than a Habanero. Perhaps the most fascinating thing …

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