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Peppadew is the brand name of sweet piquanté peppers (a breed of Capsicum baccatum) grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

History

This type of piquante pepper was first discovered in early 1993[1] and introduced to market later that same decade. The name is derived from “Pepper” and “dew”.

Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between Peppadew and cherry tomatoes.

Applications have been made by the various owners of the brand to secure international breeders right by application to the UPOV.[2][3]

In 2000 the South African mushroom producer, Denny Mushrooms, acquired the Peppadew brand and business.[4][5] Denny has in turn since been acquired by AVI.

Processing

The fruit is processed for removal of the seeds and reduction of the heat of the pepper to more pleasant levels. It is then pickled and bottled.

Flavour

The flavour of the Peppadew fruit is sweet, with mild heat of around 1,177 on the Scoville scale.

 

Written on February 29th, 2012 , Botany, Vegetables Tags:

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