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A probable superfruit, the Peppadew pepper is known for its exceptional nutritional, health and taste qualities. This sweet, hot and tangy fruit is known and used throughout the culinary world for its unique, delicious flavor, which is a mixture of peppery and sweet. This piquanté pepper however has a lot of controversy and mystery surrounding it as the seed is not openly available on the market, the recipe for its processing is held secret, and the name 'Peppadew' and the product is trademarked. If you as a gardener ever happen upon this plant or any of its seed you will be truly lucky to enjoy this plant in your garden.
When ripe, the peppers are a bright scarlet red. When the peppers are red all over, they are fully ripened and ready to pick.
Sow them a quarter-inch to a half-inch deep in the soil mixture. Water the seeds moderately, taking care not to over-water. Germination will take 1-4 weeks.
Put the cutting in water or in the ground, roots will grow in 2 -3 weeks.
Good container and patio plants given enough sunlight and good drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and butterflies.
Insect-eating birds are attracted.
Drought tolerant once well-established.
South African, Eastern Cape and Tzaneen.
Temperate to hot
Soil PH preference
Used in traditional medicine to support immune function and reduce inflammation. It helps to prevent various cancers.
Hollowed-out fruit eaten raw in salads and in various other dishes including pizza, pasta, omelettes and dips or pickled to preserve.
Pests include cutworms, ants, and aphids. Diseases include various fungi and rootrot.