This beautiful, variegated pepper grows on a lovely plant with similarly variegated leaves. Originating in the Caribbean, it is thought to have been imported in the 19th century to the United States, where it became popular with African-American communities in the Mid-Atlantic region, especially as a component of sauces for fish and seafood. It is one of several species of peppers preserved by artist Horace Pippin.
Moderately hot (30,000 on the Scoville scale), roughly cone-shaped peppers ripen from off-white through green to brilliant red. These are small seedlings, so we’re practically giving them away!