Maryland showcase

About Maryland

Maryland is an east coast Mid-Atlantic state with abundant waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Baltimore is the state’s largest city and is the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem.

Maryland Fish Pepper

This Month's Feature

Maryland Fish Pepper

When you taste the Maryland Fish pepper, you’re tasting a bite of Mid-Atlantic history. The fish pepper found its way to Maryland farmers by Caribbean ships in the late-1800s and became an African-American heirloom popular in the Philadelphia/Baltimore region. Fish peppers were historically used to season seafood dishes throughout the Eastern shore, but gradually went to the brink of extinction.

In the 1940s, a Pennsylvania farmer gave his collection of pepper seeds to another man in exchange for honeybees, and they were saved for decades by the recipient. In 1995, the man’s grandson, brought them back into the market. The fish pepper is warm and spicy, like a flavorful cayenne pepper packed with the heat of the summer sun.

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Maryland Fish Pepper

Fish Peppers range in colors from a creamy white, to white mottled with green, to a bright red shade. In this month's showcase, we created four “Fish Pepper” colorways for you to choose from. We’ve used a Superwash Merino from Stitch Sprouts. Your kit includes three skeins, plus pattern.