This small, extremely spicy chili pepper (Capsicum frutescens) native to Africa resembles a bird’s beak. Fruits are less than an inch long and ripen green to red. Perfect for making chili powders; imparts any dish with a rich flavor more complex than the typical cayenne. Slower growing than other chili species, so start seeds as early as possible in the spring. Plants fruit quite prolifically. We’ve been able to overwinter our plants in our Mediterranean climate of Southern California.
Important Note: these peppers seem to exhibit a naturally low germination rate. We’ve germ tested various lots of these pepper seeds for nearly a year and typically get results of anywhere from 16% to 44% To make up for the lowered germination we are doubling seed amounts on the listed packet size. Hopefully we can improve germination in subsequent generations of plant selection.
120 days from seed to fruit. Annual/Perennial.
Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.