Peppadew is a trademarked brand name of South African food company Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd. for a pickled version of the Juanita pepper.[1] Peppadew International produces and markets a variety of food products under the Peppadew brand, including jalapeño peppers, Goldew peppers, pickled onions, hot sauces, pasta sauces and relishes, but is best known for its sweet piquanté pepper (a cultivar of Capsicum baccatum) grown in the Limpopo province of South Africa.[2]

Peppadew International
IndustryFood manufacture
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Area served
ProductsSweet piquanté peppers, Goldew peppers, roasted peppers, jalapeño peppers, pickled onions, pasta sauces, relishes, hot sauces


Peppadew International and the Peppadew brand was founded in 1995 after founder Johan Steenkamp discovered a sweet piquanté pepper in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Upon discovery of the pepper, plant breeders' rights were applied for and obtained with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in order to protect the species.[3] Johan Steenkamp started cultivating and processing the peppers in the Tzaneen region of South Africa, where Peppadew International's factory is still based today. Steenkamp later sold his interest in the company in 2004.[4]

Peppadew International were the first to market this type of pepper. Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between red peppers and cherry tomatoes.

In 2011 Bon Appetit published a recipe for Pimento Mac & Cheese calling for Peppadews, then had to run a follow-up piece telling readers how to find the peppers.[5] In 2016 the Baltimore Sun reported that there was a black market for the pepper's seeds.[6]


Peppadew International is best known for its sweet Piquanté Pepper products

Peppadew brand peppers are grown into seedlings from hand-selected seeds for six to eight weeks. They are then transferred to contract farmers who then grow the peppers under the guidance of Peppadew International's agricultural team. The raw peppers are then harvested and sent to Peppadew International's processing facility where the peppers are de-seeded, treated and bottled in a unique brine.

See also


  1. "Peppadew Peppers | Cook's Illustrated". Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. "About Peppadew International". Peppadew International (Pty) Ltd. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. "Government Gazette No 32004". South African Government. 13 March 2009. p. 13. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  4. "PEPPADEW® Brand, Story & Company". PEPPADEW® International. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. McCracken, Janet (11 April 2011). "Where to Buy the Elusive Peppadew". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  6. Ericson, Edward Jr. "'Thugs,' armed guards, and the black market for delicious patented pickled peppers". Retrieved 10 June 2020.
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