Introducing the Enjoya Pepper

Enjoya PeppersI could not be more excited to share the incredibly stunning Enjoya Pepper with you today!

My friend Nancy of Melissa’s Produce posted a picture of these peppers on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  My jaw dropped when I saw it.  I’d never seen a pepper like this and at first glace it looked like someone had stroked them lightly with a paintbrush.  I just had to get my hands on these!

Enjoy PeppersSome have entertainment connections to get front row tickets to a sold out show, and some have produce connections to get Enjoya Peppers! Just sayin’. 😉  (Thank you Melissa’s Produce.)

These beautiful peppers were discovered only two years ago by grower Wilfred van den Berg, in a greenhouse at his nursery in the Netherlands.  They were a gorgeous natural accident.

Enjoya PeppersJust look at that!  Are you kidding me?

Enjoya PeppersLike little works of art — I could decorate a shelf with them, display a bowl of them on the dining room table, or simply set them on the counter to look at.  However, they are in fact perishable, so they should be eaten!  And yes, they are super delicious, though their flavor is not as unique as their appearance.   They’re sweet, but not super sweet, very crunchy and crisp and a bit juicy.  They are more dense than other peppers, each one weighing about ¾-pound!

Enjoya PeppersAnd would you look at this cross section!  The “stripes” run all the way through the flesh to the seeds.Enjoya PeppersENJOYA!

Enjoya PeppersEnjoya Peppers should be treated just like other bell peppers — they can be chopped and added to salads, roasted, sautéed, puréed, and the list goes on.

Enjoya PeppersKeep an eye out for these beauties.  Very soon Melisss’s Produce will be distributing them to Bristol Farms and Gelson’s Markets.  If you happen to live in the Netherlands, here are all the locations where you can find Enjoya Peppers.  (Hope at least a couple readers are there!)   Remember, these are extremely new to the marketplace so they are very slowly working their way in.  (Bristol Farms locations are here and Gelson’s Market locations are here.)

Enjoya PeppersThere’s more information about the Enjoya Pepper here.

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Comments

  1. Sabell says

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I discovered a purple pepper with green veins on my travels to the big island with and thought it was the coolest thing. I’ll keep a lookout for this one.

  2. says

    These are truly a work of natural art! But I fear I may never see them in Tucson – although we FINALLY got shishito peppers this week for the FIRST time! So, maybe the Enjoya peppers will trickle here eventually!

  3. Georgeanne says

    I doubt you will have to worry about them getting to Tuscon, David..I found them here in Scranton PA in the regular grocery store and we are always last to get anything new!! So gorgeous almost makes me not want to ever use it! — I am waiting til my daughter gets home from work to show her..she is the creative one with cooking here.

  4. Jeanette LeMarr says

    Is there anyone who will send me a few seeds from this? I would love to grow them and get them out there locally to friends and family!

    • valentina says

      Hi Jeanette, I’m sorry but I don’t have a source that provided Enjoya pepper seeds. I think this site would be your best bet to inquire about it –> http://www.enjoya.com/en If I find any other information, I’ll post it here. 🙂

      • Jeanette LeMarr says

        Thanks for your reply. I was just looking for someone with a fresh pepper who would be willing to pop 10 seeds in an envelope and send. I could send a SASE with a fee no problem. The site says the seeds are not available for purchase at this time.

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