Peppers are among the most popular of interest for human nutrition, health and spice. The Exotic Pepper Project is led by Albert Ayeni, Tom Orton and Jim Simon (Department of Plant Biology). Collaborators include Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students, stakeholders from the pepper sauce industry and New Jersey ethnic crop growers. Research sites include substations of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, such as the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center (RAREC) in Bridgeton and the Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Pittstown. R&D efforts to date have been funded by the NJAES and USDA’s IR-4 Project.