Unknown-2Hot, sweet and spicy fish peppers are an heirloom pepper that will amaze you with its brilliant color palette, dappled leaves, and bold flavor.

A native plant of Africa and the Caribbean, fish peppers have a long established reputation as a culinary seasoning in North America. Peppers are packed full of nutrition, and a good source of fiber. From sweet and succulent red and green bell peppers to hot, fire-laced spiced hot pepper, peppers are an easy to grow addition to any home garden and can be grown in the ground or containers and pots on the porch and patio.

If you have “pepper” mania and try all the new hot sauces and fresh peppers that appear in the market, this pepper is one you don’t want to miss. No, the Pepper does not taste like fish, but rather draws it’s name as a spice to compliment seafood such as fish, crab, shrimp, and lobster.

Plant Description
The fish pepper plant is dense and bushy, growing to about two feet tall at maturity. Easy to grow, with a fairly high heat rating, fish peppers are a fine addition to a diverse array of culinary dishes from cultures worldwide.

Fish peppers can be added to salads, sauces, stews, pizzas, casseroles, and baked goods. When every your recipe calls for adventurous flavor, fish peppers serve to enliven any dish. You may not have heard of a fish pepper, but if you are pepper fan, I guarantee you will like it.

Cultivation Tips
Like most types of pepper plants, fish peppers benefit from plenty of sunshine, at least an inch of water a week, and soil supplementation with plenty of well-aged herbivore manure (cow, horse, sheep, lama, goat). When plants begin to produce buds, carefully remove every other bud to encourage the growth of larger peppers. If you want an abundance of tiny peppers, do not thin the flowers.

Fish peppers are normally harvested when the fruit is a ghostly white, streaked with green when the flavor is at its sweetest, hottest peak. Peppers allowed to ripen to red will be hotter, but not have the signature sweetness for which fish peppers are noted.

The deep-green mottled leaves of the fish pepper plant are a striking backdrop to other peppers, herbs, and garden vegetables and serve as ideal companion planting for tomatoes, garlic, other varieties of peppers, squash, and dill. The pungent essential oils of the fish pepper plant are an effective deterrent to many types of garden pests.

Keep in mind that fish peppers contain a high level of Caspian, which is an allergen and irritates the skin. Always wear rubber gloves when harvesting, handling or cutting up fish peppers. Avoid touch your hand to you mouth or eyes as the juice from the fish pepper stings the skin and burns the eyes and mouth.

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