Sad but true, it’s the last of the peppers harvested from the summer garden. They were no longer growing just hanging out on the mother plant in a refrigerated state. Sweet, spice, and hot all in one mix. To be pickled later!
The bellingrath gardens purple, in my hand, is a delightful plant to have in an ornamental garden as well as a vegetable garden. The foliage is a deep purple with some of the leaves possessing an iridescent sheen. The pepper themselves are such a dark shade of purple they are nearly black. Maturing to a rich bright red.
I usually allow the peppers to dry & crush them for use. Or string them with other hot peppers. They are quite cheery in the winter!
I purchased these seeds 3-4 years ago from one of my favorite seed company’s, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Now I save my own seed from the mature peppers. No need to repurchase ever again!