|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Products||Sweet piquanté peppers, Goldew peppers, roasted peppers, jalapeño peppers, pickled onions, pasta sauces, relishes, hot sauces|
Peppadew is the trademarked brand name created by the South African food company Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd, which was founded in 1995. Peppadew International produces and markets a wide variety of food products under the Peppadew brand, including jalapeño peppers, Goldew peppers, pickled onions, hot sauces, pasta sauces and relishes, but is best known for its sweet piquanté pepper (a cultivar of Capsicum baccatum) grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Peppadew International and the Peppadew brand was founded in 1995 after the founder (Johan Steenkamp) discovered the sweet piquanté pepper in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Upon discovery of the piquanté pepper, plant breeder's rights were applied for and obtained with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in order to protect the species. Johan Steenkamp started cultivating and processing the peppers in the Tzaneen region of South Africa, where Peppadew International's factory is still based today. Steenkamp later sold his interest in the company in 2004.
Having discovered the piquanté pepper, Peppadew International were the first to market this type of pepper to the world, which is why the Peppadew brand name is so well known for piquanté pepper today. Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between red peppers and cherry tomatoes.
Peppadew brand piquanté peppers start off with a specialist agricultural team hand-selecting seeds, which are then grown into seedlings in accredited nurseries for six to eight weeks. The strongest seedlings are then handed over to contracted Peppadew International farmers, two-thirds of whom are previously disadvantaged farmers, who then grow the peppers under the guidance of Peppadew International's agricultural team. Raw piquanté peppers are then harvested and sent to Peppadew International's processing facility where the peppers are de-seeded, treated and bottled in a unique brine recipe.
Today, Peppadew brand products are distributed to over 27 countries around the world.
- List of Capsicum cultivars – Wikipedia list article