Preserved Peppadews

At the beginning of this month, Tandy set a regional and seasonal challenge to use a seasonal ingredient in a preserve: something to keep for a rainy day  and included in this challenge is a giveaway – the chance to win a copy of LOVE AND FOOD, the market cookbook.  My entry is Preserved Peppadews.  Now I know that majority of people do not have the privilege of having peppadews growing in their garden; chillies of any variety work equally as well.  I have not specified measurements as it will depend on the quantity of peppadews or chillies you are using, but a good guide line would be for every 2.5 cups of vinegar, use 2.5 cups water and 2 cups sugar.

Preserved Peppadews


Coarse salt
White vinegar
White sugar


  1. Halve and seed the peppadews and lay out on a tray and cover with salt.  Let stand overnight.
  2. Rince the peppadews and set aside to drain in a colander.
  3. Heat the vinegar, water and sugar in a pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. While boiling the liquid sterilise bottles and lids in another pot or pour a little water into each bottle and lid and boil in the microwave and pour the water out (do be careful).
  5. Fill each hot bottle with peppadews and compact a them down.
  6. Fill each bottle with the pickling liquid until full and compact the peppadews a little more and top up with additional liquid if required.
  7. Seal and store.



76 thoughts on “Preserved Peppadews

  1. I know I’ve never seen Peppadews growing in any garden I’ve had the pleasure to visit. But I really like how you’ve preserved them and I love a good ol’ mason jar. What type of taste do they have? I love learning something new

  2. I love preserving stuff as well but not have done it with peppers as we dry them instead. I tried it on lemons though.
    Thanks for the idea, at least I have another way of preserving chillies.

  3. This seems simple enough but I’m not muh of a pepper/chili person. It’s only been for the last 2 years or so that I’ve made an effort to increase my tolerance of their heat. Although I’ve made progress, I’ve a way to go before I’ll consider preserving peppers or chilis. When I do, however, I’ll come here and look up this recipe.

  4. I’m impressed that in 7 easy steps I could save a bit of summer’s bounty! I’ve never canned before and you’ve detailed it so well. I’d love to see your follow up posts using these peppers!

    • Hi Caroline. Must say we usually only ever add them to bread and muffins, oh yes and as pizza toppings alternatively just enjoy them with cheese and crackers. I will have to put the thinking cap on and come up with something new. Have a happy day. 🙂

  5. I love these….have never made my own though….bookmarked and when am feeling a bit adventurous will give it a try….I had these once with gnochi that also had spinach and lemon….oh! it was delish! thanks for the recipe…


  6. After I started to blog this year, I learned so much about preserves. Before I would never thought of trying to make it, but now I’m really curious. I’m not sure what to do with all the food I preserve (maybe give away?) as my kids (and probably husband) may not be interested in it. But thanks, I at least enjoyed reading this post. You will be making pizza with this? I can’t wait!!

  7. What a smart challenge. I love the idea of a seasonal preserve to have on hand for rainy days. I’m a fan of the sweet, gentle heat of peppadews – but I certainly don’t have them growing in my garden!! 🙂 Very nice Mandy.

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    • Thanks Colleen. They were growing all over our garden when we bought our home but sadly since being away in Mauritius for 3 years, it seems we are now only left with only 1 plant! We are treasuring it and coaxing it to grow to it’s former healthy condition. Have a super weekend. 🙂

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  11. Just got a call from a friend who received a bucket full of fresh Peppadews for free, shes on her way. This recipe looks define and quite simple and easy to make. Gotta try this. A

  12. We have peppadews in the garden, which are now turning red. Had one picked this morning. It tastes a lot like a red pepper. Although it does not burn like a chillie. (I thought it burns). I am going to try to preserve them according to your instructions. Can I add a chillie when boiling the vinegar to give it a bite?

    • Hi Colleen, thanks for stopping by. Our peppadews seem to be quite hot – I think there may be different strength peppadews – not too sure. I am sure adding a chilli would add a great amount of bite and flavour. Have a super day. 🙂

  13. I wanted to try this recipe and am concerned out botulism. How do you know vinegar amount is sufficient enough not to let it grow. Is there some official guidelines. Thank you so much

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  15. We bought our peppadew bush from an indigenous plant market in Pietermaritzburg – I am sure some of the indigenous nurseries will have them. Ours is a bright yellow little peppadew and produces large amounts of fruit. Am going to use this and your scone recipe to use them rather than have them go to waste.

    • Hi Christine, thanks for stopping by. I have never seen a yellow peppadew, wonder if they are sweeter or stronger? How lovely you will be trying my recipes, thank you. I hope you enjoy them. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

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    • I am so pleased you found a recipe that works for you. The abundance of peppadews we used to have in our garden has dwindled down to just 2 plants. We will try grow new plants from seed. Thank you too for the link back. Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo PS. I tried leaving a comment on your blog but don’t think you have a comments section.

  18. Excellent recipe , Thank you very much. Simple and very tasty.
    Try them raw thinly sliced in a Greek type salad with Olives and Feta.

    • Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by. I am so pleased you like the recipe. They are a perfect accompaniment to a salad and are fabulous raw. Sadly our bushes aren’t doing so well this year. Have a super weekend. 🙂

      • Hi Mandy,
        Bottling the ones that have grown through Winter today. Very lucky that they have made it though. Most of the Jalapenos seem to have made it too.
        Many thanks,

        • How lucky you have had a bumper harvest Steve. I haven’t bottled any in a couple of years. I really hope we can get some healthy plants for the seeds we are going to plant. Have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂 xo

  19. Pepperdews are very similar to normal bell peppers, except they are much smaller and have a sweet taste. I live in South Africa and they grow well here.

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