July 21, 2017

Pepper Party Time

Sweet Pickle pepper

Janine Pineo Photo | Sweet Pickle pepper

There’s a festive gene in Sweet Pickle pepper, a compact plant that produces loads of peppers. In the early stage, as pictured above, the peppers are an ivory shade. But as the fruit matures, the color changes to orange, red and purple, putting on quite a show for such a diminutive plant. It is also the reason it is called the “Christmas Tree” pepper, with the peppers looking a bit like large holiday lights. Sweet Pickle only grows between 12 and 15 inches in height, but its spread is impressive and the number of peppers is, too. And about the pickle in the name? It seems that the fruit holds up well to pickling, allegedly keeping its shape and color once in the brine.