A very early and prolific producer, the pods of the gorgeous Black Hungarian pepper start out briefly as a dark green, and quickly change to a jet black. At this phase, the flesh of the pepper is green. After several weeks, the black pods will change to a vibrant red with streaks of black, and its flesh becomes a rich red colour. The plant's foliage is a rich dark green with purple veining and produces delicate, showy purple flowers all summer long. The plant can handle temperature extremes, and is relatively resistant to abuse from heavy weather and winds.
When fully ripe, the pods are extremely sweet and flavourful, with just a hint of heat that is strongly focused in the veining. Once totally deveined, the heat is very low.