Jerusalem (Pepper)

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Jerusalem (Pepper)
Classification C. annuum
Type chili, ornamental
Fruit color purple turning red at maturity
Fruit shape pendant
Fruit size very small
Heat level hot
Scoville Heat Units (SHU) 5,000-10,000?
Maturity midseason
Variety type open-pollinated
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Jerusalem - ripe fruit. 2014-09-08.


Plants grow about 2-2.5' tall and produce many small 2-2.5" pendant-shaped pods that go through many colorful stages, from green to purplish, then to greenish-yellow, before they finally mature to red. Dries very easily. Very hot and flavorful. Very ornamental too.

Seed source:

Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa (IA SSE HF) 13 / Charles E. Hinckley of Nevada, Missouri (MO HI C)

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • From Freda Austin's mother.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 1989 Yearbook by Charles E. Hinckley of Nevada, Missouri (MO HI C), seeds from a friend (Freda Austin?).
  • SSE PEPPER 474.
  • Introduced commercially by Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds in 2015.

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