Pizza Hut has a couple of gourmet pizza options that include Peruvian cherry peppers. I’ve received some questions asking exactly what a Peruvian cherry pepper is. Here’s the low down.

Pizza Hut uses a pickled product called ‘Sweety Drop Miniature Peppers’ for their Peruvian cherry peppers. These small, tear-shaped peppers originated in the Peruvian Amazon.

The idea for Sweety Drop was born when a worker from the firm Gandules went on holiday to the Peruvian jungle. He was fascinated by a “tear-shaped pepper” he found there. These peppers were brought back to the Gandules Inc. headquarters in Peru. Here, the growing and cultivation process was perfected over a period of two years. Gandules is now very proud of its product and is seeking new markets for it.

Sweety Drops have a sugar-like sweetness and work well in salads, pizza or pastas, or even in baked goods. This is a unique type of pepper that grows in the Highlands of Peru. Its exceptional taste is both sweet and sour. It is perfect for a topping or garnishing salads.

They are actually pickled ‘Inca Red Drop’ peppers. This relatively small baccatum strain is very sweet with a mild to moderate heat range. The pepper has medium thick walls. They mature from green to orange to red. This very productive plant does well in containers and will grow to 60 cm high. Seeds can be found from several online seed retailers.