Exotic pepper germplasm collection started in New Jersey.
Forty-five pepper selections were field evaluated at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center (RAREC).
Out of the most promising 15 habanero pepper types, seven were selected for further development.
‘Pumpkin’ habanero topped the list of preferred habanero peppers for color and appearance, taste, flavor and moderate heat level.
Exotic Pepper Project leaders Albert Ayeni, Tom Orton and Jim Simon (Department of Plant Biology & Pathology)