When you hear Black Pearl, it’s easy for your imagination to run wild: from the infamous treasure-seeking ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to rare jewels that widen the eyes of all that see them. And so it goes with the Black Pearl pepper. It’s a jewel. This is a stunning edible ornamental pepper plant – seriously one of the most beautiful plants of any kind on the planet – and its chilies contain a surprising pop of heat.
Scoville heat units (SHU): 10,000 – 30,000 SHU
Median heat: 20,000 SHU