I began my search for Peter (Penis) Peppers on the Internet as I had been told that my best bet for finding an abundant source of Peter Pepper Chili Peppers would be there. Eventually I found the perfect place to not only get access to red hot ‘Peter pepper’ seeds, but to also make them really grow into something totally unique and remarkable. The most exciting bit though, is that these amazing pepper’s seeds can be purchased for just a few pounds or dollars, a real bargain, and they require minimal attention. Basically as long as they are given a little food and water they will grow to a good size with little effort.
If you want to know more, read on…….
Okay, so you want to have access to Peter (Penis) Peppers, well here is where you start to find out more about them.
Peter Penis is more correctly known as ‘Peter Pepper’ or to use its scientific name ‘Capsicum annuum var. annuum or ‘Peter’ (Penis Pepper).’ Previously considered too hot to eat, it was Judged “Most Pornographic Pepper” By Organic Gardening Magazine with a heat level of 7-8.
Sadly, this pepper (Native to Louisiana and Texas), is becoming very hard to get hold of (if you will forgive the pun), largely due to the belief it is purely an ornamental plant, when in actual fact it can be eaten if used in moderation, (and many say it is actually very tasty). Close relatives of ‘Peter Pepper’ include the Tabasco pepper and the jalapeno, the difference being that Peter Peppers are hotter than the Tabasco, and at least 10 times hotter than the jalapeno.
Peter Peppers (also known as ‘Chili Willy’) are also available in green and yellow if you prefer a range of colours, and whilst the fruit shapes produced by each plant do vary, you should still have a good percentage that come out looking much like their nickname if you grow them correctly, with good nutrients, not too much sun, and enough water. Today these are largely grown under nursery shade cloth, and have a growing season that lasts from late March to early October. Each plant should produce approximately 100 hot peppers at 2″ to 4″ long x 1″ to 1.5″ wide, on plants up to 3 feet tall with green stems and green leaves.
The company ‘Papa Jeabert’s’ was the first to grow Peter Peppers for commercial purposes after founder Phil Gremillion grew Peter Peppers in his back yard from seeds given to him by his father. His subsequent experiments blending the crushed and dried pepper with other spices, (onion, cayenne, lemon, papaya, green and red bell peppers, and a small amount of salt), ultimately formed a unique flavour and lead to the creation of the popular ‘Spice de Terre’.
Gremillion has been quoted as saying, “Working with Peter Peppers is very difficult. The pepper has an oil which is fiery hot, and touching the fresh pepper and then touching the skin can cause blistering. Crushing the dried Peter Peppers creates a fine, almost invisible, powder which burns the skin and can cause choking. I have to wear a gas mask and rubber gloves whenever I crush the Peter Peppers.”
Personally I love the idea of these as a naughty gift, or something to be grown purely for novelty value, (not to mention the fun you could have showing your elderly relations around your greenhouse!). If these peppers can additionally be used in your cooking efforts, then this has got to be a bonus in my book. For my own warped sense of humour, I really want to grow some of these simply to enter them in our local agricultural and horticultural show in August (so hoping they mature in time). The amount of people who visit this show each year is well into the thousands, and I am guessing the laughs this kind of vegetable will produce is well worth the effort of growing them.
Why don’t you have a go too!