The search for the Black Pearl

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This is my first time growing the ‘Black Pearl’ pepper (Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’). In fact, I had not even heard of it until recently. I was given a bunch of these seeds from a friend and fellow pepper grower on Oahu who graciously mailed them to me. After looking them up, it was definitely something right up my alley.

These peppers are as spicy as they are beautiful. With deep purple to onyx black foliage and matching black pods, these peppers really stand out from others. They also produce a really nice purple flower which I will hopefully be seeing in person soon.

At first, I wasn’t sure if they were going to sprout. I planted them on August 12th, and the first seedling didn’t surface for about 16 days. After the first sprout came up, they all began to come up leaving me with about 20 of the 24 I planted. It took a bit longer than I thought the would, but sometimes you have to be patient and let nature do it’s thing.

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With a scoville rating of 10,000 to 30,000. these peppers are 4-12x hotter than a Jalapeno (measuring at around 2,500 to 5000 scoville units) and around the same heat as my Wiri Wiri peppers. Although these are generally labeled as “ornamental peppers”, they definitely pack a punch.

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I’m very excited to see the progress of these peppers and eventually move them down into my pepper patch. I can already tell that these will be one of my favorite peppers down there.

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