Pepper Portal

A variety of red, green and yellow peppers

The Pepper Portal

Whether you like them hot and spicy or sweet and mild, ARS puts the pep in peppers.

Over the years, ARS scientists have developed superior pepper cultivars like:

  • Tangerine Dream: a sweet, edible ornamental pepper that produces small, orange fruit on a flat, low-growing plant; and
  • Black Pearl: an All-America Selection award winner that sports intense black leaves and small, shiny black fruit that ripen to a bright scarlet.

Both peppers were developed by ARS researchers John Stommel and Robert Griesbach at the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, in Beltsville, MD.

More recently, the scientists created a new series of ornamental peppers called Holiday Peppers, named for their decorative color and shape, which are reminiscent of the old-fashioned lights used to decorate trees during the holiday season.


ARS Pepper Research

A small yellow pepper shaped like a light bulb
December 16, 2019

Pleasing Peppers for Garden and Plate

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A variety of red, green and yellow peppers
December 2015

Extending Fresh-Cut Pepper Storage

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Black and orange Pepper Jack ornamental peppers.
October 2009

Ornamentals To Brighten Garden Palette

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A basket of orange tiger paw peppers
July 2007

That's One Hot Habanero! Spicy TigerPaw Pepper Also Resists Root-knot Nematodes

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orange pumpkin shaped pepper
September 2006

Twice as Nice Breeding Versatile Vegetables

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Black Pearl peppers
July 2006

Black Pearl Pepper Plant Wins Garden Prize

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