Last year, the seed company attended The National Heirloom Exposition for the first time. During a walk around the event grounds, I discovered Greenman Nursery, which had a treasure trove of pepper plants. couldn’t leave without taking this one home – the Buena Mulata Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum), which produces substantial dark purple fruits that ripen brown to red. Even though it was late in the season, I transplanted it into my home garden, and it kept producing fruits until our first substantial frosts in December. This offering the is the result of extremely small scale seed saving, but I couldn’t wait to share this lovely pepper.
Buena Mulata is an heirloom spicy pepper that originates from the collection of William Woys Weaver, whose grandfather received the seeds from folk artist Horace Pippin. In an Heirloom Gardener article, he explains “chameleon-like color changes” during the fruit ripening: “violet to pinkish-flesh color, then orange changing to brown, and eventually to deep red.”
Buena Mulata Pepper is a perennial crop grown as an annual in most temperate climates. Hardy to zone 10 and above. Fruits from seed in approximately 90 days.