Red Peter Hot Pepper Seeds - (Capsicum annuum)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 25 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 90 days
- Days to Germination:
- 14-21 days @ 75-95F
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Red Peter Pepper - Spice Up Your Garden
The Peter pepper is maybe too aptly named, as it matures into a long cylindrical shape with a bulbous end sharing an uncanny resemblance to a penis. It ripens from green to shock-me-red, adding even more to one of the greatest natural gags around. This is obviously a polarizing chile that is definitely not for conservative company!
So go on - giggle away. It’s ok.
The origins are obscured, but it was introduced commercially by the late H. W. Alfrey of Knoxville, Tennessee, who named the variety for its obvious similarity in appearance to a male anatomical part. After obtaining seeds and growing this chile, noted chile author Jean Andrews was amused to see how the “resulting pods naturally and consistently contorted themselves into a miniature replica of the circumcised male organ." Organic Gardening Magazine even got into the act, naming it "The Most Pornographic Pepper".
Is this the ultimate conversation piece for the gardener who has everything?
Chuckles aside, this is a pretty significant hot pepper, boasting both heat and flavor to go along with its stunning good looks.
The blush-inducing fruit grows fairly prolifically on dense plants 20 - 30” tall, well-shaded by a good leaf canopy. Pods are 3 - 5” long and 1 - 1 1/2” wide.
Heat levels will vary according to climate and moisture availability, but it is hotter than most jalapeños and parallels the famous Serrano chile in terms of overall heat. A good rule of thumb is the mildest peter pepper will always closely equal the hottest possible jalapeño.
The flavor arrives after the first hit of heat, with deliciously sweet and fruity notes, often described as bright and crisp. The flavor profile fully emerges during ripening, so the bright red fruits are excellent in spicing fresh salsas.
For an incredibly rich and complex flavor, leave the ripe red fruits on the plant until they dry to a leathery stage, then harvest and let fully dry in a paper bag. Use as crushed chile or grind into powder for later use.
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