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Are ornamental peppers edible?

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Ornamental peppers are edible and may be prepared as other peppers. The Jerusalem cherry peppers (ground cherry, Chinese lantern and strawberry tomato, horse nettle and wild tomato) are poisonous. If the variety is not known, do not use.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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