Capsicum chinense  

Named as in a plant "from China". This is incorrect though, like all Capsicum species, it originated in the New World, however, the Dutch physician, Nikolaus von Jacquin, who named this species in 1776, got his seed from the Caribbean while collecting on behalf of Emperor Francis I, and thought that they had originated from China. 

The oldest known specimen ever found was a single intact pod, probably a wild form, that was discovered in the Pre-ceramic levels (6,500 B.C.) in Guitarrero Cave in coastal Peru. Fruit shape can vary from long and slender to short and obtuse, with some as large as limes or large plums, others, as small as pine nuts or even grains of wheat, and between the two extremes are many different sizes. Fruit can be extremely pungent and aromatic, with persistent pungency when eaten. The best known cultivars are the very hot Habanero chilli peppers. 

Pronounced as 'chi-NEN-see'. 

Name

Origin

Description

Seeds Available

7 Pot Red Trinidad The 7 Pot (sometimes called 7 Pod) as in 1 pod will spice seven pots of stew. This variety is matched for heat by just a small number of other Chinense varieties, namely the Bhut Jolokia, Bih Jolokia, Naga Viper Naga Morich, and the Trinidad Scorpion. 

Heat Level : 10+

15 Seeds for $3.00
Amazon Chile Roma Italy Seeds acquired from my friend Mario Dadomo, Director of the Stuard Institute in Parma, Italy. A bushy plant producing a lot of attractive 4-5 cm pods ripening from green to bright red.  No heat but with sweet flesh. Great in salads.

Heat Level :  0

15 Seeds for $3.00
Bhut Jolokia India The Bhut Jolokia - also known as Ghost Pepper has been around for many centuries and it is believed to have originated in Assam, India. The word Bhut, given from the Bhutias people, means "ghost" and was probably given the name because of the way the heat sneaks up on the one who eats it. Ex Guinness Book of Records holder.

Heat Level : 10+

Seeds not available
Bhut Jolokia Chocolate India Assam chilli growers Frontal Agritech have collected a chocolate version of the World’s hottest chilli Bhut Jolokia. This type is thought to be a natural variant of Bhut Jolokia. The initiative has been taken to select the genuine type in successive generations to give a pure variety. The chilli has a pungency level similar to the red/orange Bhut Jolokia. Very rare.

Heat Level : 10+

Out of Stock
Biquinho Brazil Small 1-1.5cm long tear shaped fruit ripening from green to red. Wonderful subtle chinense flavour without the excessive heat of the Habanero. Lovely bite size morsels that are now one of my favourites.

Heat level : 5-6

15 Seeds for $3.00
CAP 1035 Sth America Interesting 3-4 cm long x 2-2.5 cm wide pointed pods that start out pale green and ripen to red. Pungent chinense flavour. 

Heat level : 5

15 Seeds for $3.00
Cheiro White Brazil These bite size 1-1.5 cm pods grow on a branching shrub like plant. The fruit ripens from green to a creamy white. Subtle fruity, aromatic flavour. Excellent used fresh for salsas and sauces.

Heat Level : 5-6

15 Seeds for $3.00
Cumari Brazil These small pea size (3-5 mm) pods grow on a branching shrub like plant. Very prolific. Extremely aromatic and very fruity. Excellent used fresh for salsas and sauces. A little bit will go along way with these bite size morsels. One of my favourites.

Heat Level : 9

Out of Stock
Fatalii Africa Deadly hot but flavoursome chilli pepper from the central African Republic. Tall plants produce heavy yields of bright yellow tapered chillies 3-5 cm long. Related to the Habanero. 

Heat level : 9

Out of Stock
Habanero Big Red Caribbean Another version of the classic Habanero except the pods are much larger. Green pods grow to 5-6 cm x 3 cm ripening through orange to bright red. 

Heat Level : 10

15 Seeds for $4.00
Habanero -

Chocolate

Caribbean The Chocolate Habanero is from the West Indies. It is also known as Brown Scotch Bonnet as well as the more obscure Congo Black. The dark green fruit turns deep brown as it matures and has a rich peppery flavour. This is one of the hottest Habaneros measuring up to 450,000 SHUs units. Wonderful flavour.

Heat Level : 10

Out of Stock
Habanero Rojo Caribbean Another version of the classic Habanero. Green 3 cm blocky pods ripening to bright red.

Heat Level : 10

15 Seeds for $4.00
Habanero -

Tasmanian Red

Caribbean Hot Habanero chillies produced on a plant that is usually taller than the average Habanero. Stunning purple flower. The fruit starts out black before turning red.

Heat Level : 10

Out of Stock
Habanero White Caribbean Another version of the classic Habanero. Light green pods ripening to white. Plant fruiting.

Heat Level : 10

Seeds not available
Habanero Yellow Caribbean This one is a beauty. Large 5cm x 3cm ribbed pods with a very unique medium flesh maturing from light green to bright yellow. Very aromatic and very hot!  Use as you would any Habanero.

Heat Level : 10

15 Seeds for $4.00
  Peruvian Chinense Peru Lovely colourful 7-9 cm pendent pods start out green turning to brown on a bushy plant. Prolific producer. Crisp flesh and medium heat make them great in salads.

Heat Level : 3-4

Out of Stock
Scarlet Lantern

PI 315008

Peru A small bushy plants producing 2-3 cm lantern shaped fruit. The pods start off white with mauve/purple, changing to orange then scarlet red. Very attractive with nice chinense flavour and heat.

Heat Level : 9

Out of Stock
  Trinidad Perfume Trinidad Wonderful, aromatic pods with a capped-lantern shape. It has the aroma and flavour of the Capsicum chinense species but no heat. Ripens from light green to yellow. Sturdy productive plant. Use as you would a Habanero for sharing with children in the garden or entertaining non-chilli head guests. 

Heat Level : 0-0.5

15 Seeds for $3.00
  Trinidad Scorpion Trinidad Just a quick look at the pods on the Trinidad Scorpion plant tell you that they aren't going to be mild. The plants themselves are quite tall and produce a good number of pods which mature from green. Their characteristic shape sees a two or three inch pendant pod which tapers to a sharp point, resembling a tail - hence the name, Trinidad Scorpion. Hard to grow. Plant fruiting.

Heat Level : 10

Seeds not available
Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Trinidad & Moruga These things make a jalapeno look like child’s play, on average over 240 times hotter than it at 1,200,000 Scoville heat units to an eye-popping 2,000,000 SHUs. Even the extremely hot habanero pepper is way distant in total heat. The Moruga Scorpion is at least 12 times hotter, with the potential for 20 times hotter if you get the right pepper. Like most hot peppers, the heat of eating the pepper raw is not something that hits you right away. It takes awhile to build. And when it starts, it builds for quite a long time. It’s sort of like a fire building from inside of you, and you most likely will experience hiccups, sweating, numbness and even more. Plant fruiting.

Heat Level : 10

Seeds not available

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