The ornamental Chinese 5 Color Pepper might be mistaken for a purely decorative variety, with its conical fruits in a confetti of colors - they mature from purple to cream, yellow, orange, and then red, and at any one time all five colors are represented! But unlike most ornamentals, these little peppers are tasty, too, with a spicy 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units.
Named for their diverse shades, these peppers symbolize the rich tapestry of flavors and colors found in Chinese cuisine. Each color stage – purple, white, yellow, orange, and red – reflects a spectrum of taste and visual appeal. Delve into the origins of this unique pepper and bring a piece of Chinese culinary tradition to your garden.