Fish pepper is a strikingly beautiful plant. The leaves are variegated or white and green. Like the leaves the peppers are also multi-colored, starting out as a cream or light green color with darker stripes. As the fruits mature, they turn either red, orange or purple. The history of Fish pepper is interesting, too. Originally from the Caribbean, these peppers are an African American heirloom from the 1900’s. They were frequently added to seafood dishes in the Chesapeake Bay area around that time. A medium hot pepper, they can be used for cooking either in the green or mature stage. The peppers are are also great for drying when they are mature.