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Fish Pepper (25 seeds) (HPP122) $2.75

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Fish Pepper

         
 
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80 days. An African-American heirloom popular in the Philadelphia/Baltimore region. A chilli pepper notable for its unique history. Fish pepper plants are like no other, with striated and speckled white and green leaves; the compact 2 foot tall plants stand out, even for their small stature. The peppers themselves are a feast for the eyes. Starting as a solid creamy white, they develop into a light green with dark green striations, turning orange with dark brown striations until they finally mature into solid red peppers of flavorful culinary fire. The fish pepper more than likely originated in the Caribbean and was introduced to the mid-Atlantic region in the 1870s, where it gained a strong a foothold in the oyster and crab houses of the area. The young cream-colored peppers were used for adding a kick to the creamy sauces that topped seafood. The pepper was kept as a secret ingredient in these dishes and its part in recipes handed down orally. The peppers were grown exclusively by black farmers and fell out of favor in the early 1900s as the people of that era began to embrace a more urban lifestyle. This one-of-a-kind pepper would be lost to us if not for an unusual exchange. Horace Pippin was a black folk painter who served during World War I in the 369th Infantry called the “Harlem Hellfighters.” He lost the use of his right arm after being shot by a sniper, and this left him with arthritic pain. Searching for some relief, he resorted to an old folk remedy that called for bee stings. Horace began giving seeds to a bee keeper named H. Ralph Weaver. Horace’s seeds sometimes came from his far flung old-time gardening friends, who sent wonderful and rare varieties. H. Ralph Weaver saved the seed in his private seed collection, where it remained until 1995 when his grandson William Woys Weaver released it to the public. Every fish pepper seed sold today can be traced back to that fateful exchange. The fish pepper is a hit again upon its re-release, and the Caribbean flavor and heat are just as much to credit as its truly unique and eye-catching features.
 
Fish Pepper
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 39
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Fields363
Location:
St. Albans, WV, United States
Date:
August 2, 2018
          4.0
 
Unique and Interesting Pepper
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Very ornamental

What are the cons? Long time to ripen

Review:

This is certainly an interesting variety. The leaves are almost a camouflage pattern with white, grey, and green. Seems the more white the leaf is the more white the pepper close by is. I got both all green, marbled green, and all white peppers from one plant. 18 peppers and counting, they were smaller than i thought they would be. Heat is similar to a jalapeno, but with a different and unique taste. The peppers seem to take a long time to turn red, but they taste just fine green. Planted these in May, and now in August some are just starting to ripen.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Costa
Location:
Mount Juliet, TN, United States
Date:
January 31, 2018
          5.0
 
Delicious
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Robust plant

What are the cons? none

Review:

These are awesome to pickle. Add your favorite Spices and garlic. They are addictive

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jane
Location:
Gloucester, VA, United States
Date:
January 27, 2018
          5.0
 
Abundant harvest
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? variety of color and heat

What are the cons? none

Review:

I have grown these for 2 years and had an abundant crop both years. We use them fresh but found that if you smoke and dehydrate them and grind them into a powder you can use them in soups, sauces ,stews and chili they add a great flavor and warmth without scorching heat

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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13 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
fluffy
Location:
Seattle, WA, United States
Date:
December 6, 2017
          5.0
 
A Good Dang Time
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? prolific, fun stripey fruit

What are the cons? small plant

Review:

Well now, I've grown these in WI and I've grown em in Seattle. And by golly, if it ain't a humdinger! People said they're slow to fruit--that's fair--but give em time and you'll see how prolific the lil fellows can be! The fruits just kept coming! And you know, the foliage is kinda variable, not that exciting--but I'm not worried! Because just look at those cute stripey peps with a rainbow of all sorts of color and you'll be sore amazed!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
duffij
Location:
Wasilla, AK, United States
Date:
September 29, 2017
          5.0
 
Fish Pepper
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Did very well even in Alaska.

What are the cons? Aphids love it

Review:

This variety did extremely well- last year was amazing for SantaFe peppers and this year they struggled-yet the Fish flourished even outside at times due to Aphid infestation. Last night at sub 50 degree it looks great. I agree they would be a good substitute for my Thai Ascent chili's. Will save seeds and grow many more. Jeff

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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