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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: 43
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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17 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JohnP
Location:
Tulsa, OK, United States
Date:
April 14, 2019
          5.0
 
Fish Peppers
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, multiple uses

What are the cons? Not all germinate

Review:

Wow, what a wonderful pepper! Moderate heat raw, but loses a bit upon cooking. Flavor varies with each stage of maturity - smoother, creamier when white, a bit tart when green, then full-blown taste & heat when red. White stage can be added to mild sauce recipes (even if recipe does not call for peppers) to add extra spice & taste without overpowering base. Red, mature peppers are super as a jalapeno substitute in salsa. But where this pepper really shines is in complex sauces & salsas that include fruit ingredients such as mango, pineapple, apple, or papaya. Even the best of food products do have their flaws, so ..... I would be remiss if I didn’t point out a few flaws with this wonderful pepper. First, the germination rate is not great, and the initial growth rate is rather slow, much like that of the much hotter, more exotic peppers. Also, the fish pepper seems to be very susceptible to cross-pollination with other varieties. Also, when harvesting, take care - plants brittle.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

6 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MDavis
Location:
Coal Hill, AR, United States
Date:
February 10, 2019
          5.0
 
Great
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? over producing

What are the cons? don't plant close 2 window

Review:

It is a great little pepper. I used it to make soup, hot sauce, in my salsa and in several other dishes. It was a different pepper and just right. Not to hot and not nasty. It started off a little slow for me, but someone went through all my seed buckets and took part of each one. So that is probably why they started off slow. I lost 2/3 of all my peppers because of that person. However, They produced so many peppers I gave some away even with all the cooking. It does make me wonder if I would have been over runned with peppers, if the other was not stolen. Oh, down side with peppers, Do NOT plant hot peppers above non-hot peppers and make sure to add the right space by them. I placed my Reapers above my others, so I could keep them away from kids however, the water ran down and they were to close. So a pepper I planted that was not hot turned very hot. First time ever had it happen.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TexasGardeningCook
Location:
Allen, TX, United States
Date:
January 20, 2019
          5.0
 
Great looking tasty pepper
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Hot. Prolific. Pretty.

What are the cons? None

Review:

I have grown this variety the last two years. Originally chose it to use as landscaping plants in the front yard, on either side of the sidewalk. Put in two groups of 7 plants each, pretty close together. As they started growing taller, I would regularly trim them, so that they would stay shorter than the bushes behind them. Even though they were in partial shade, they completely filled in and eventually gave the appearance of being two large, beautiful, variegated bushes, one on each side of the walk. Lovely effect about which many people commented. And the amounts of peppers produced was such that I had more than I could use or give away. The last bunch was harvested in early October, and I put them in a fermenting jar to make hot sauce, soon to be processed. Am hoping that the heat might be a little more tame than the fresh peppers tend to be. Those fresh ones grown here in TX are pretty hot, making good, but quite spicy salsa. Growing again this year!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jack
Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Date:
January 19, 2019
          4.0
 
Very Pretty Plants Fruits
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Visually striking, Good flavor

What are the cons? None

Review:

Very beautiful plants with variations that appear on leaves once plants are mature. Fruits are striped until they turn red. Moderate heat with a fruitiness when ripened to red. Fun to grow.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 12 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

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