My son William inherited my love of gardening, and he recently introduced me to a new breed of pepper called “fish peppers.” He also inherited a green thumb, which alas, skipped my generation.
Not only are these little gems ornamental and perfect for container gardening, but they produce a huge crop of peppers for cooking and eating.
He recently moved into a new home and his “outdoor room” is filled with a variety of peppers such as the habanera at left.
But his fish peppers are his pride and joy.
These peppers are unique and easily identified by the splashes of white and yellow that decorate the green variegated leaves. In addition to the leaves being variegated the fruits of this pepper plant are multi-colored as well.
The immature fruits are predominately green and white or cream colored, changing to shades of red, orange, rust, and brown, with striped accents of green, yellow, and cream mixed in when fully mature.
The fruits are borne in clusters all over the plants. You can harvest and use the peppers at any stage but allow them to mature and change into their reddish hues for the best flavor. The ripened peppers will hold on the plant after they mature and this heirloom variety will continue producing new fruits through the fall and until a killing frost strikes the garden.
The history of these peppers is interesting and has to do with black history and bee stings. You can read more by checking out Mother Earth