Organic Aha! Picante Hot Pepper V.1
Delectable diversity: Each plant of Aha! Picante Hot Pepper, like each of us, is a unique expression of deliciously never-before-seen pepper! A kissing cousin of habanero, savor a spectrum of glossy, searing hot crimson and tangerine fruits in glorious sizes and shapes from sleek, tapered habanero-style to ribbed round beauties to flying saucers and beyond.
If you love hot peppers, brilliant colors, diversity and delectable surprises as well as easter egg hunting, Aha! Picante will delight you all summer long.
Aha! peppers are a cross between Habanada and Aji Dulce — two brilliantly tropical, citrusy-sweet peppers — Aha, get it?!! — and Friends, we learned (the hilariously hard way!) that though heat is the dominant trait of peppers, the genes affecting heat may be either ‘turned off’ or turned so far ‘down’ as to taste sweet. Turned off, the next generation is sweet; turned down, the gene is still ‘on’ and thus the next generation is, frankly, flaming hot. Long story short (and we can’t wait to share more!), what began as a ‘sweet pepper project’ has turned into three distinct peppers: one hot, one not and one that is, well, quite the combination.
Organic Aha! Picante Hot Pepper mature quickly even in cool, short seasons and are a delicious bridge moving beyond the industrial plant expectations of our time. Aha! Picante v.1 is the first generation (v.1 = version 1) of the cross with many, many more to come!
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Pamela Fontes May (verified owner) –
I grew only three of these in 2022. and all produced vermilion-colored fruits with the wide ruffly middles, like a peplum waist. They were sweet and fruity, with no heat to the flesh and some shocking heat in the placenta. They were very similar to our red Scotch Bonnet peppers. The plants were healthy despite our lengthy drought and relentless heatwaves here in Western Massachusetts, and held up well through a couple light frost with a cloth cover. Can’t wait to see what grows from these seeds this year!