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Capsicum annuum 'Black Hungarian'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Hungarian
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hungarian Black)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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6 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lynnOnOlena On Jul 25, 2013, lynnOnOlena from Keaau, HI wrote:

I planted Black Hungarian, Frank's Pepper, Giant Aconcagua, and Quadrato D'Asti Giallo Pepper on April 25th. Today, July 25th, the Black Hungarian is the healthiest, and has the most peppers on it - about 20, ranging in size from tiny, to black and full-sized. 90 days from seed to pepper, and no red ones yet. The plant is beautiful, bright purple flowers and shiny deep black fruits all over it. The Frank's Pepper was the first to bear fruit, and is bearing generously, but not nearly so much as the Black. The Giant Aconcagua has three peppers (one full size), and the Quadrato has two small ones forming now. Haven't eaten any yet, will wait til one gets red so I can compare the heat between black and red stages. Seems to resist whatever it is that makes the pepper's new growth look sort of stunted and wizened.

Positive IndianaBodeen On Jul 16, 2013, IndianaBodeen from Wheatfield, IN wrote:

When black and barely starting to turn red, the color inside this pepper is gorgeous. Hardly any heat that I could notice, but the flavor is excellent.

I will grow this one again, but might try it in a container or bale of straw.

Positive mrstedger On Mar 6, 2010, mrstedger from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Black Hungarian is a beautiful & ornamental pepper plant with green and purple leaves. The plants in my garden were much more purpley and variegated than the pictures shown. I planted it along with Red Burgundy Okra and purple basil. Placed several plants less than a foot apart to prevent sun scald and to achieve a hedge-like appearance around the okra.

A very mild mannered 'hot' pepper with just enough kick that my toddler can tolerate. When picked young the black hungarian boasts a green interior that looks lovely when diced in salsa or sprinkled with cilantro. I don't know why SSE rates this pepper at a 3, even when allowed to turn red it doesn't compare to the Fish?

A prolific producer that continued until frost, with a nice boost in blooms and crop once fall's cooler weather settled in too.

Positive Lilypon On Jul 31, 2008, Lilypon from Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I'm growing this plant in Saskatchewan, Canada (zone 3). The fruit are black and at mature size now (July 31, 2008). I expect they will turn red well before frost.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

SSE rates this pepper as a 3 on their heat scale, with 5 being the hottest.

Neutral bohu On Oct 24, 2006, bohu from Rockaway Beach, MO wrote:

Grew well in Branson Missouri but I planted too late (june) and they didn't have time to fruit before the first frost got them. Will try again next year and plant earlier.

Positive Suze_ On Mar 31, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Pretty plant/flowers. Fairly good to cook with, moderate heat, good flavor.

Neutral kanita On Aug 14, 2005, kanita from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

A cool plant to grow because it's visually appealing. A pepper aficianado may not be so impressed with its taste. It doesn't really deliver a punch. I add it to my fish pepper salt blend.

Positive JefeQuicktech On Jul 24, 2005, JefeQuicktech from Moorhead, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very easy to grow from seed. Forms a very pretty plant with puple flowers. It looks nice as a landscape pepper.


9/29/2005 -- This pepper has really turned out to be a winner. It is quite mild when it is black (like a Jalapeņo). When it turns red, it gets HOT.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 21, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Matures in 75 days. Unique, black colored fruit that are the shape of a Jalapeno. They are mildly hot and have a delicious flavor. The tall plants also have beautiful purple flowers that make this variety very ornamental. Rare and colorful!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wheatfield, Indiana
Iola, Kansas
Raleigh, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Boise City, Oklahoma
Eagle Point, Oregon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Herndon, Virginia

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