Black Hungarian Pepper
Highly ornamental and useful in the kitchen, the 4" long fiery fruits of this early-to-mature pepper resemble jalapeños, but are shiny black and eventually ripen to red. The prolific plants grow to 3' tall and produce green foliage highlighted by dark-purple veins alongside beautiful purple flowers. A good substitute for jalapeños.
- Spicy fruits ripen from black to red
- Medium hot pepper
- A good substitute for jalapeños
- Fruits grow to 4 inches
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
This pepper is: MEDIUM HOT
Wear rubber gloves when processing hot peppers and do not touch your eyes. If you are sensitive to the heat, make sure to wear a mask over your mouth and nose and protect your eyes.
Try adding this pepper to salsa recipes. It has a citrus, spicy flavor that is best enjoyed when the immature peppers are less than 3 inches long.
You can also try making your own hot sauce with these peppers. Sauté them with olive oil, garlic, onion and salt, and after about 4 minutes add 2 cups of water. Heat the mixture for 20 minutes and then allow it to cool to room temperature before pureeing it in a food processor and adding vinegar.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.
- Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
These are one of my favorites from Seed Savers. I love the purple flowers it produces. The peppers themselves are also beautiful and have a rich spicy flavor. They have produced well in my Arizona garden.
My favorite pepper - Third season with these beauties
I've grown these for 3 seasons and am tickled purple with the over-all quality of this beautiful variety. I've added them to my ornamental flower garden, where their purple highlights and flowers, and naturally balanced, upright form, nicely complement alyssum, gladiolus, and other ornamentals.
These peppers have wonderful culinary flexibility with excellent flavor, and are borderline mild when picked unripe (dark purple) with the seeds removed. Use them like you would a jalapeno (sliced, in salsa, picked, poppers, etc), or dry them out after they ripen to make crushed red pepper flakes or a sweeter cayenne substitute.
These are prolific producers (GA; I don't do much to prep my clay-heavy soil, they thrive anyway). The deer mostly leave them alone, and I've had many fewer pests (aphids, mostly) with these than other pepper varieties I grow.
I've had excellent results saving the seeds from two previous seasons.
These are all-around winners - highly recommend!
by Bob in Beach
It was challenging to get these seeds to germinate, but the subsequent plants made up for that. They are elegant tree like plants that produce an abundance of peppers on each branch. They also have a pretty purple flower, nice change from all the white flowers of the other pepper varieties. First fruit started out all black, and as the season progressed red versions began growing. I will definitely be growing these again.