Ornamental Pepper

Black Cuban pepper

Black Cuban Pepper: Detailed In Dark

Spicy with a sense of drama…

Black Cuban pepper fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 40,000 – 58,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 49,000 SHU
  • Origin: Cuba
  • Capsicum species: Annuum
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 5 to 23 times hotter
  • Use: Ornamental
  • Size: Up to 1 inch long, conical
  • Flavor: Neutral (peppery)

Color is a whole plant affair with the Black Cuban pepper. It’s not only the fruits that take on stunning dark hues, it’s the leaves and stems too. This dark detail makes for one stunning and dramatic ornamental pepper. And like with most ornamentals, there’s plenty of spice behind the looks, comparable in heat to a cayenne pepper giving it some basic use cases in the kitchen.

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Little Elf pepper

Little Elf Pepper: Holiday-Like Color

Good as both an ornamental and culinary chili…

Little Elf pepper fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 20,000 – 30,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 25,000 SHU
  • Origin: Hungary
  • Capsicum species: Annuum
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 3 to 12 times hotter
  • Use: Ornamental
  • Size: Up to 1/2 inch long, conical
  • Flavor: Earthy

If you love holiday colors – festive reds, greens, and more – the Little Elf pepper will bring a lot of joy to your space. It’s among the most colorful ornamental peppers – those reds and greens are peppered with yellows, oranges, and purples too. And its compact shape and tiny clustering fruits work just as well in indoor containers as they do as ornamental hedging for your landscaping. The Little Elf isn’t chilly either – it provides a spiciness that can reach up to cayenne level heat, with a slightly earthy peppery flavor that works surprisingly well in the kitchen.

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Royal Black pepper

Royal Black Pepper: Double Down On Dark

The leaves and the fruits provide dark depth to landscaping…

Royal Black pepper fast facts:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 5,000 – 30,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 17,500 SHU
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Capsicum species: Annuum
  • Jalapeño reference scale: Equal to 16 times hotter
  • Use: Ornamental
  • Size: Up to an inch long, conical
  • Flavor: Neutral (peppery)

The Royal Black pepper may be small (pequin-like in fact), but its looks is one that’ll certainly grab your attention. Its tiny purplish-black fruits are nestled among greenish-black leaves, and as they age those pods pop a crimson red. Among ornamental peppers, they are a decidedly darker look than most – perfect for a dramatic flair in the garden.

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