Peppers have played a significant role in the culture and cuisine of many indigenous North American peoples throughout history. Many heritage pepper varieties have been grown for centuries. As modern farming practices demand more production, many farmers have switched to newer hybrid varieties which produce more fruit often at the expense of taste. We believe it is important to maintain and propagate these heritage varieties not only because they are culturally significant but also because many of them have flavors which are unmatched by modern varieties. Growing these heritage varieties in our gardens allows us to preserve and enjoy them and to protect them from becoming endangered.
Because of this, we are proud to offer you a small selection of what we call American Heritage peppers here with thanks to Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles for the guidance on these varieties as well as the seed. For more information and for many more heritage pepper varieties, please visit Refining Fire Chiles at www.superhotchiles.com.