Enjoy the refreshing zing!
Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,100 – 1,200
Jalapeño reference point: 2 to 7 times milder
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A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and quite a bit of pickled tang are the hallmarks of your typical Peppadew pepper. It’s a unique flavor – so unique, in fact, that the growers have trademarked the name. Peppadew® Sweet & Spicy Fruit are found online and on store shelves around the world. They make a terrific snacking pepper, especially Peppadews filled with cheese. Also try them sliced on sandwiches and as a pizza topper – the sweet sizzling tang adds a refreshing taste.
How hot is the Peppadew pepper?
These are not hot chilies – truly a simmering spiciness anyone in the family can enjoy. They are often listed as 1,177 Scoville heat units, but since chilies tend to range, we’ve padded slightly on both sides. Even so, the Peppadew comes in at minimum two times milder than a jalapeño, with the chance to be up to eight times milder (depending on the spiciness of the jalapeño). A pepper with comparable heat is the mild poblano pepper.
What do Peppadew peppers look like?
They look like a cross between cherry tomatoes and a pepper, but that’s not due to any sort of tomato/pepper cross-breeding. The resemblance is totally coincidental. The round tomato-like shape, though, makes this chili great for stuffing.
What do Peppadews taste like?
They have a slight sweetness and that subtle simmer. But it’s not all about the chili’s natural flavor when it comes to the Peppadew. These chilies are sold seeded (lessening the heat) and pickled in a sweet and sour brine that adds substantially to the eating experience. It’s sweeter than pickled pepperoncini – a pepper that often has similar use cases.
Where does the name come from? Is it really trademarked?
It’s a mash up of two words: “Pepper” and “Dew”. Simple as that. The Peppadew has that simmering chili flavor with the fresh tang, like the morning dew. Peppadew® is a trademarked name for the specific sweet piquante peppers grown in South Africa (the Limpopo province). There are other varieties of sweet piquante peppers available, grown around the world, but Peppadews are now the entrenched brand. They control their commercial growing rights carefully, to the point where they don’t sell these peppers fresh and the pickled chilies have their seeds removed.
How can you use Peppadews?
As these peppers are mainly available pickled, they are best stuffed with cheese, sausage, and other savory foods.They really are one of the best snacking peppers around. Peppadews are also excellent sliced and used to add some sizzling tang to sandwiches, pizzas, and salads. Try them, too, in salsas to bring a little zip to the flavor.
Where can you buy Peppadew peppers?
Many supermarkets now carry pickled Peppadew peppers, both plain and Peppadews stuffed with cheese. You can also purchase them online, along with Peppadew salsas and powders. As mentioned, don’t expect to find them fresh (at least under the brand name Peppadew) due to commercial control of the seeds.
You’ll quickly fall for these pickled chilies, as it’s so easy to pop open a jar and enjoy their uniquely sweet flavor any time of the day. Don’t be surprised if they become a staple in your refrigerator!
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