This type of piquante pepper was first discovered in early 1993 and introduced to market later that same decade. The name is a portmanteaux of 'pepper' and 'dew'. Although the pepper is sometimes described as a cross between a pepper and a tomato, this description is not botanically accurate, and refers only to the resemblance in color and size between peppadew and cherry tomatoes.
Applications have been made by the various owners of the brand to secure international breeders' right by application to the UPOV.
In 2000, South African mushroom producer, Denny Mushrooms, acquired the Peppadew brand and business. Denny has in turn since been acquired by AVI.
The fruit is processed for removal of the seeds and reduction of the heat of the pepper to more pleasant levels. It is then pickled and bottled.
The flavour of the Peppadew fruit is sweet, with mild heat of around 1,177 on the Scoville scale.