Peppadew

Capsicum baccatum

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

When ripe, the peppers are a bright scarlet red. When the peppers are red all over, they are fully ripened and ready to pick.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

Put the cutting in water or in the ground, roots will grow in 2 -3 weeks.

Special features

Pot plant

Good container and patio plants given enough sunlight and good drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as bees and butterflies.

Attracts birds

Insect-eating birds are attracted.

Drought resistant

Drought tolerant once well-established.

Special features

Origin

South African, Eastern Cape and Tzaneen.

Natural climate

Temperate to hot

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Used in traditional medicine to support immune function and reduce inflammation. It helps to prevent various cancers.

Edible

Hollowed-out fruit eaten raw in salads and in various other dishes including pizza, pasta, omelettes and dips or pickled to preserve.

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Pests include cutworms, ants, and aphids. Diseases include various fungi and rootrot.

Related Problems

Companion plants

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