This pepper comes to us from a friend who spent his childhood years in South Africa, in Durban to be exact, where he said this pepper grew everywhere in the wild spread by the birds. For years he has longed for its unique flavor. Finally, his daugher was able to bring him a few seeds last year and he got them started here. Thankfully, he has shared them with us and now we are passing them on to you!
The African Devil pepper or Peri Peri (means "pepper pepper" in Swahili) as it is called in Africa grows 1-2" long by ¼" wide.
Peppers are extremely hot, grows upright, and turns from green, to orange, to red when mature.
The Peri Peri is cultivated in Africa for spice production and of course can be found in the wild.
Besides dried/ground spice, you can make great sauces from African Devil Peppers.
These Hot Sauces are used in stir-fries, cooking shrimp, poultry dishes, soups, stews and to add some zing to fish dishes.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.