Buena Mulata-(Capsicum annuum)-The Buena Mulata pepper comes to us because of the love of peppers by a man named Horace Pippin. Horace was an African American folk artist who depicted the life and struggles of his people during the early 19th century. He was known for sharing seeds of peppers and spices with his friends. One of his friends was William Woys Weaver’s grandfather. A decade after his grandfathers death he discovered the seeds in a baby Food jar in his grandmother’s basement freezer. The label on the jar said Buena Mulata pepper and the name Pippin. William then grew out those seeds and shared them with many people today! The Buena Mulata pepper is a cayenne type with a good medium heat level. It is a beautiful ornamental that also can be eaten. It goes through many color changes ripening from pink to violet then orange brown and finally red. This remarkable chile changes flavor profiles with each color change and is sweetest when red. The Buena Mulata chile plants produce peppers averaging 6 inches in length. The plants are 2 to 3 feet tall and are vey productive. The Buena Mulata peppers are great for stir fry, sauces and fresh salsa. They can also be dried and used to season stews, soups and meats.