The Buena Mulata chilli has a long, pointed shape, a violet colour, and a heat that is comparable to that of a cayenne pepper. This unusual pepper is a monument to Horace Pippin, the African folk artist who gave the seeds to William Woys Weaver's grandpa in exchange for bee-sting therapy. A decade after his grandfather passed away, Weaver discovered a jar with the seeds in a deep freezer in the basement of his grandparent's house. He thawed the seeds and cultivated numerous plants from them once they had germinated. He eventually dispersed them amongst heirloom seed-sharing groups after being mesmerised by the pods' eye-catching transformation as they matured from violet to pink, orange, brown, and ultimately deep red. The transformation took place as the pods went from violet to pink, orange, brown, and ultimately deep red.
According to Owen Taylor, who works for the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, the only way to ensure the survival of heirloom chillies is for someone to take care of transferring and planting them in the ground, and their stories can only be kept alive if they are discussed.
Seed Quantity 15 Seeds
Species Capsicum annuum
Origin North America
Heat Level (Scoville Rating) Medium (30,000-50,000 SHU)
Pod Description Very much Cayenne-like in appearance and shape, growing to 10cm long by 1.5cm wide. The pods mature through a lovely transition of colours, starting with a deep purple, violet to pink, then orange to brown and finally a crimson red.
Also known as Purple Cayenne
An ideal choice for a summer balcony, Buena Mulata Chilli provides beautiful coloured pods and is well-suited to a variety of growing conditions. It can also withstand cooler climates and will produce a higher yield than similar varieties, making it a great choice for gardeners of any level.
Cooking & Eating
Accompany Buena Mulata Chilli with onions, green peppers, sugar, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and coriander for a flavorful salsa morada. Our Buena Mulata peppers are the main flavour agent in our unique Salsa Morada Mole, perfect for enchiladas, tacos, and even simply as a dip for tortilla chips.