Illustration from Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation (1836 American ed.)
Common modern versions include:
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
- A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
- If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
- Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
The earliest version of this tongue twister was published in Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation by John Harris (1756–1846) in London in 1813, which includes a one name tongue-twister for each letter of the alphabet in the same style. However, the rhyme was apparently known at least a generation earlier. Some authors have identified the subject of the rhyme as Pierre Poivre, an eighteenth‑century French horticulturalist and government administrator of Mauritius, who once investigated the Seychelles' potential for spice cultivation.
Numerous allusions have been made to Peter Piper in popular culture.
- Peter Piper Pizza, a pizza chain in the United States and Mexico
- Peter Piper, a song by hip hop group Run–D.M.C..
- Peter Piper was a character in the 1932 film After Tomorrow
- The gun skill Peter Piper in the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, which has a chance of causing the status ailment "Mute" in its target.
- Peter Piper is a character in comics "Fables"
- H. Carpenter and M. Prichard, The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (Oxford University Press, 1984), p. 408.
- Hassall, S.; Hassall, P.J. (1988). "Exploration, Discovery and Settlement". Seychelles. Places and People of the World. Chelsea House. p. 26. ISBN 0-7910-0104-0.
- Lionnet, Guy (1972). "Geography, Geology and Government". The Seychelles. The Islands Series. Stackpole Books (U.S.)/David & Charles (UK). p. 28. ISBN 0-8117-1514-0.
- Text of Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation at Project Gutenberg
- Peter Piper public domain audiobook at LibriVox