Peppers are some of the most interesting veggies available. We are all familiar with the bell pepper and the spicy jalapeño. But have you heard of any of these weird peppers? There are thousands of pepper varieties around the world, with the number constantly growing. Gardeners can easily cross two pepper types to create something new. Check out these 7 weird pepper varieties that you can grow yourself at home!
Alaku Sarga Pepper
Strange name, even more strange appearance. The Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes pepper has the look of a wrinkled heriloom tomato, or a squashed pumpkin. Hence, this pepper garnered the nickname “Pumpkin Pepper.” These are a sweet pepper, meaning that they have no heat at all, and are said to have a neutral flavor. If you had these laying around in your kitchen, you’d probably get a few questions from friends and family.
Mira White Pepper
Albino simply means that an organism lacks pigmentation in tissue. In the case of the Mira White pepper, they appear to be an off-white sort of yellow color. Another sweet pepper with no heat, the Mira White may seem strange if you are used to getting green bell peppers and the occasional spicy Jalapeno pepper from the grocery store. They have the benefit of being easy to grow, and producing in large numbers, early in the growing season. The Mira Albino will certainly add some character to your home garden.
Scotch Bonnet MOA Pepper
Moving into some of the more spicy peppers of the world, the Scotch Bonnet is used widely in hot sauces and Caribbean cuisine. The MOA variety of the Scotch Bonnet pepper has a vibrant orange to yellow appearance, and a strange blossom end. It kind of looks like a pepper is giving birth to another pepper. Weird but kind of cool! However, these peppers also have great flavor and pretty incredible heat level when eaten raw.
Chocolate Habanero Pepper
The Chocolate Habanero pepper is an odd creation resulting from hybridization.The main difference from a normal habanero is the color. It’s brown! Well I guess there’s a tinge of red in there too, but it’s far different from a normal habanero. This pepper will certainly make your home garden stand out from the norm. These weird peppers are just as easy to grow as the normal Habanero, with similar flavors and heat level (hot!).
Macedonian Rezha Pepper
The Macedonian Rezha stands out due to the intense corking on the pepper’s skin. The genetics of the Rezha give the peppers their distinctive look, so the white marks are not unhealthy or inedible. The peppers are also large, growing to 8 inches or longer. The amount of corking varies on the peppers, but they typically grow to be covered completely by the striation marks. The Rezha is another odd spicy pepper that you can easily grow at home.
Through the methods of plant breeding, people have been able to produce strange hybrid varieties of existing peppers. The Carolina Reaper currently holds the record for the world’s hottest pepper. Clocking in at a whopping 2.2 million SHUs on the Scoville scale, the Reaper is mind-blowingly spicy. The pepper also looks like it comes straight from the underworld. You better be brave to grow (or even touch) these peppers. One tiny drop of pepper juice from a Reaper can cause serious pain, even on your skin. Beware!
Taking a hard left turn from the hottest pepper, the Habanada pepper was bred to have the flavor of a Habanero, without any of the heat. These peppers come in at 0 SHUs on the Scoville scale, but they have the familiar, floral flavor of the Habanero pepper. The Habanada also has a beautiful orange color with an interesting wrinkled texture. They may look like a hot pepper, but they’re no hotter than your standard green bell pepper! Grow them yourself and fool your friends into thinking you can handle eating a raw Habanero!
There are many, many more pepper varieties from around the world, many of which are quite strange. This list of weird peppers is only scratching the surface! If you’re interested in getting some seeds to grow yourself, use rareseeds.com for a great list of pepper varieties. You can also try semillas.de for some of the more obscure spicy varieties from around the world. Enjoy!