Red Chinese Mulberries
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Sugar Rush Peach Chile Peppers
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Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers are smaller, finger-length in size and mature from a golden yellow to a deep peach color. They have a cylindrical shape that tapers at the end, with a slightly wrinkled looking exterior. On the palate they start sweet and fruity with notes of apricot, peach, and citrus, but then finish with the heat of a mild habanero. Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers are a medium-heat pepper.
The Sugar Rush Peach pepper is available in the summer and through the fall.
The Sugar Rush Peach chile pepper is an aji type pepper native to Peru. Botanically classified as Capsicum baccatum, the Sugar Rush Peach chile is considered a rare pepper because of its unique pale peach coloring. It is much sweeter than most other aji-type peppers, hence the name Sugar Rush, but it still delivers a pleasantly hot and spicy finish.
Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers, like other chile pepper varieties, are rich in vitamins A and C. The capsaicin in the pepper acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and is also used in pain relief creams for those suffering from joint pain.
Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers are ideal for adding spice to mild salsas, or a little heat to egg dishes. Roast Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers to serve alongside meats or inside tacos. Rinse the peppers under cool water and dry. Those sensitive to capsaicin, the compound responsible for the heat in chile peppers, should use gloves when preparing and deseeding chile peppers. Once the stem, calyx, ribs and seeds are removed, the pepper can be sliced, diced or julienned. For more spice, leave the seeds and ribs intact. Sugar Rush Peach chile peppers can be kept loosely wrapped in plastic, refrigerated for up to a week.
Peppers in the Capsicum baccatum family are the only peppers not native to South America, and were brought to the country by explorers. The species name “baccatum” means ‘berry-like’ and the fruits are easily identified by their small, tulip shape.
The Sugar Rush Peach pepper has its origins in Wales, in the United Kingdom. The peach-colored pepper appeared in a crop of sugar rush red peppers, and the grower enjoyed its sweetness and mild heat enough to stabilize the uniquely colored pepper. There is also another variety, the sugar rush cream, that produces a lighter sand color. The Sugar Rush Peach pepper plant is very productive and can grow up to 5 feet tall, so it requires trellising or staking. The peppers are not grown commercially, though they may be found at small farmer’s markets and in home gardens.