Sugar Drop Orange
Sugar Drop Orange is a unique pepper that’s been gaining attention for its exceptional flavor and high yields. This pepper is a cross between Sugar Rush Peach and Lemon Drop, resulting in a Baccatum variety that’s extremely sweet with a really nice flavor1. If you’re looking for a pepper that offers both sweetness and a bit of heat, this is one to consider. I believe these are F6 or F7 generation seeds, meaning it’s not quite fully stable but getting close.
Growing Conditions and Characteristics
This pepper is a grower’s dream. The plants are extremely vigorous and can tolerate a wide range of weather conditions, except for frost… which is pretty much true for all peppers. They can grow to be about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, but they respond well to pruning, so you can keep them as large or as small as you’d like. Staking is highly recommended to support the plant as it grows. The Sugar Drop Orange is one of the first peppers to ripen in the season and also one of the last to stop, giving you a long harvest period.
Heat Level, Flavor Profile and Culinary Uses
When it comes to Scoville Heat Units, the Sugar Drop Orange ranges from 20,000 to 30,000. In my tasting experience, I tend to estimate more on the lower end of the range. It’s not the hottest pepper out there, but it’s not mild either. The flavor is a perfect blend of the citrusy notes from the Lemon Drop and the sweetness from the Sugar Rush Peach. This makes it an excellent choice for those who enjoy a pepper that offers more than just heat.
The Sugar Drop Orange is as versatile in the kitchen as it is in the garden. The pods taste amazing fresh and make a great snacking pepper for those who enjoy a bit of heat. They’re also excellent for making hot sauce. If you’re into drying peppers, these can be dried and ground into a very sweet and candy-like powder.
So, if you’re looking to add a unique, high-yielding pepper to your garden, Sugar Drop Orange pepper seeds are a solid choice. Just remember, this variety is close to being stable, but there might still be some variability.
20,000 – 30,000 SHU. This is an estimate. Scoville ratings will change based on growing conditions.