Piquanté Pepper (Peppadew)

Piquanté Pepper (Peppadew)


Scientific Classification

Capsicum baccatum

Heat rating in Scovilles:

1177 – 1177

Peppadew is the brand name of sweet piquanté peppers grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa, sometimes referred to as sweet red cherry peppers. The fruit is processed for removal of the seeds and reduction of the heat of the pepper to more pleasant levels. It is then pickled and bottled.

This type of piquante pepper was first discovered in early 1993 and sold in the US since 2002. Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between piquanté peppers and cherry tomatoes.

CULINARY USES: These little peppers are great for stuffing with goat cheese. They can also be sliced and served on pizza, in sandwiches, and on salads or pureed along with garlic & olive oil to make a spread.

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