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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.

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ARS Pepper Research

December 16, 2019

Pleasing Peppers for Garden and Plate

December 2015

Extending Fresh-Cut Pepper Storage

October 2009

Ornamentals To Brighten Garden Palette

July 2007

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

September 2006

Twice as Nice Breeding Versatile Vegetables

July 2006

Black Pearl Pepper Plant Wins Garden Prize