Chili Pepper Varieties

Black Pearl Pepper

The Black Pearl Pepper is an entry-level chilli. It’s a massage you gently into position chilli. We stock peppers that can wake people from the dead, but today you’re looking to make a pleasant meal with a kick. You’re after something with a slow-burning, robust flavour to lend acceptable spice to your dishes. I introduce your sultry date for this evening… the Black Pearl Pepper.

Don’t get me wrong – at 30,000 Scoville Heat Units, the Black Pearl Pepper has serious tongue-tingling power not to be sneezed at. Black Pearl Peppers are around 10 times hotter than a Jalepeño. But bearing in mind our ranch grows the world’s hottest chillies (including the world-record-holding Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper at 2 million SHU’s), the Black Pearl Pepper is relatively gentle.

As a contributor to the mighty Reimer Seeds website put it, the Black Pearl Pepper has “3 levels of heat intensity. I bit into one – the flavour was mild, slight hint of citrus. Capsacin filled the air. The first 30 – 60 seconds: mild heat. The next 90 seconds: a robust flavour and more intense heat. Another 60 seconds: quite hot. Fun. Calmed down in 3 minutes”. Rather technical, but you can imagine the enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Another aspect of the Black Pearl Pepper cannot be looked at technically. If you’re a hippie who can gawp doe-eyed at a rainbow for more than ten minutes (like me) and believe that beautiful things resonate their quality through several levels, you’ll be glad to know that the Black Pearl Pepper plant is voted one of the most beautiful in the world. In impartial trials across North America in 2006, All-America Selections (AAS) made the Black Pearl Pepper Flower and Vegetable Award Winner. The Black Pearl Pepper plant is adored for its profoundly striking lilac-black leaves, as dark and deep an as Arctic night, sprinkled with sparkling, shiny blood-red and onyx-black berries. Really, you have to see it.

Usually I would talk about only the chilli plants’ fruit, but the Black Pearl Pepper shrub is so exquisitely attractive, it deserves a mention. And a plant that appealing surely must pass something special to its chillies. A beautiful face is mute recommendation, as Publilius Syrus put it.

The Black Pearl Pepper and other chillies are also astonishingly good for you. Black Pearl Peppers stimulate the metabolism. They fight cancer. They help diabetics. They are vitamin-rich and contain immune-boosting antioxidants. They reduce cholesterol… Click on the “Benefits of Peppers” header of our website for the comprehensive rundown of the amazing and reassuring things they can do for us mere mortals.

Black Pearl Peppers are in the Capsicum annuum group of chillies – the same family that bell peppers, Cayenne, Paprika, Tabasco, and Jalapeños belong to, all now native to South and North America. Black Pearl Peppers take about 80 days to mature into full-bodied taste, which is when we pick and bottle them for our customers. Oh – and did I mention how eerily beautiful the plants are? Glossy black leaves laden with mesmerising bright pearls… the Black Pearl Pepper may have been created by the Witch-Queen of Narnia to attract children, before getting their greedy tongues set on fire. OK, I’ll stop with the enchanted plant thing now.

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