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The Peter Pepper, Capsicum annuum var. annuum, "Peter pepper" (sometimes referred to as the Penis Pepper) is an heirloom Chili pepper that is best known for its unusual shape. It is a type of Capsicum annuum, though it is not officially recognized as a cultivar of the species. It occurs in red and yellow varieties. The pepper is considered very rare, and its origin is unknown.

The pepper is most commonly grown in Eastern Texas and Louisiana, although it is grown in Mexico, as well. It was first popularized in the United States by Frank X.

Tolbert in his Dallas Morning News column about obscure local history, although he only saw the pepper once in his life. It has since been studied by horticulture experts at the University of Texas at Austin and Louisiana State University. Though it is rare, its seeds are available from some private suppliers. It is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. The seeds have also been exported to Asian countries, including South Korea.

Peter pepper plants, which are referred to scientifically as Capsicum annuum var. annuum 'Peter,' originate in South America, southern Brazil and Bolivia. In the United States, the plants are common in both Louisiana and Texas. Peter peppers are mildly hot in flavor. The peter pepper plant is also often cultivated for ornamental purposes.
Descriptions

Peter pepper plants are characterized by their smooth, green evergreen leaves. The plants produce tiny and inconspicuous flowers that are white in color. Initially, the pods of the plant start out as green, but gradually change to deep red upon maturity. The pods are about two and a half inches long, and a quarter of an inch in width. The branches are both sturdy and strong. The plants can be anywhere from four to five feet tall, with widths of about one and a half feet. The stems are green.


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The growing season for peter pepper plants lasts from the end of March up until the beginning of October. Peter pepper plants thrive when grown under full or partial sun, and are commonly cultivated under shade cloth. The plants are generally spaced about 16 inches away from each other in cultivation. Moist to normal levels of water are beneficial for the plants, which work well in loam and sandy soil types. To encourage the appearance of fruit, it is good to mist down the plant on a daily basis. It takes between 80 days and four months for peter pepper plants to attain full maturity.
"Penis" Peppers

Peter peppers are nicknamed "penis" peppers, bizarrely enough, due to their unusual shape, which, when fully ripe, is said to resemble the male anatomical part. As a result, the heirloom hot peppers are sometimes cultivated for ornamental purposes, although they generally are only found in private gardens.
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