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SpeciesCapsicum baccatum
CultivarPiquanté Pepper
OriginSouth Africa
Heat Low
Scoville scale1,177[1] SHU

Peppadew® is the trademarked brand name used to market of a variety of food products produced by South African company Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd.[2] Despite producing a varied range of food products, Peppadew International is well known for its products based on the sweet piquanté pepper (a cultivar of Capsicum baccatum) grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.


PEPPADEW® is the brand name used to market a range of food products produced by Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd, a privately held company based in South Africa. Peppadew International is well known for a particular variety of products based on the Piquante Pepper, a sweet-tasting pepper (Capsicum baccatum). The products are processed and bottled by Peppadew International using a secret recipe.

Despite using no preservatives, Peppadew International's Piquante Pepper products maintain a 24-month shelf life.

This type of Piquanté Pepper is originally from South Africa and was first discovered in early 1993[1] and introduced to market later that same decade. 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.

Upon discovery of the Piquante 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.[3]


The Piquante Pepper fruit is processed for removal of the seeds and reduction of the heat of the pepper to more palatable levels and is then pickled and bottled.[citation needed]


The flavor of the Piquantè Pepper fruit is sweet because sugar is added in the pickling process, with mild heat of around 1200 SHU on the Scoville scale.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "US PVP Application Number 9800051 - Solanaceae Capsicum Annuum Pepper (Chili) "Juanita"" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture. 30 December 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  2. ^ "About Peppadew International". Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  3. ^ "Government Gazette No 32004". South African Government. 13 March 2009. p. 13. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-26.

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