Fred's Pepper (Capsicum chinense)
Our friend, Fred, found this pretty habanero look-alike at a native mercado in Merida, Venezuela, in 1984. He brought the seeds back to Florida, and we have been growing the sweet peppers ever since. We're pretty sure these are a type of C. chinense, the same species that includes the three-alarm habaneros and Scotch bonnets. Fred's peppers are totally mild, but they look so much like scorching hot habaneros that you can have a lot of fun fooling your friends with them! They are distinctivly sweet, and the very first taste in the mouth is like what you get from habaneros, but the fire never comes. Fred's pepper plant is a very showy bush that is just as much at home in the shrub or perennial border as the vegetable garden.