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23 September 2013

The peter pepper is an heirloom chili pepper known for it’s unusual phallic shape. Despite its giggle-worthy appearance, it is a fairly hot pepper, reaching up to 30,000 Scoville Heat Units.

Scoville Heat Units: 5,000-30,000 SHU
Capsicum Annuum, var Annuum

What is a Peter Pepper?

This very interesting little chili makes a great conversation piece in the garden or in the kitchen due to its distinctively phallic shape, hence its name. It grows to about 3-4 inches long and 1-1.5 inches wide, and matures to a bright orange or red. Originally from Texas and Louisiana, the pods are grown commercially and seeds can be obtained through private companies, though they are also grown in Mexico.

It is also often referred to as the penis pepper.

They are great for salsas!

How Hot are Peter Peppers?

Peter peppers range between 5,000 and 30,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) on the Scoville Scale, which is quite hot. At 30,000 SHU, this is 6 times hotter than the average jalapeno pepper. It is more on par with the serrano pepper, which has some very good heat for cooking and sauce making.

Cooking with Peter Peppers

Peter peppers are a great option for cooking if you’re looking for a bit of heat with your meal. You just have to get past the slight giggle phase and keep them away from sensitive people. As they’re about as hot as a serrano pepper, they’re great for making sauces and hot sauces, and very good for a nice spicy salsa.

Where Can I Buy Peter Pepper Seeds?

Check out my chili pepper seeds resources page, or you can purchase peter pepper seeds online at Amazon (affiliate link, my friends). Enjoy your growing!

My Personal Experience

I’ve grown these peppers in my home garden and the plants were somewhat productive, though not quite as productive as plants with smaller pods, like aji peppers or cayenne peppers. Still, I did get a number of pods and enjoyed the level of heat.

Got any questions? Contact me anytime. I’m happy to help.

2 comments

  1. hello!
    i am a (70 springs young) novice and am SO keen to learn more about chilis – especially for medicinal purposes
    congratulations on this most absorbing website you have created
    i shall visit you again … and again … and …
    thank you!

    REPLY: Thanks, Col! Best to you! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  2. hello!
    i am a (70 springs young) novice and am SO keen to learn more about chilis – especially for medicinal purposes
    congratulations on this most absorbing website you have created
    i shall visit you again … and again … and …
    thank you!

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