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 paintbrush. I just had to get my hands on these!
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.
Like 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!
Keep 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.)
There’s more information about the Enjoya Pepper here.