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

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
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 $3.00
Habanero Yellow Caribbean Another version of the classic Habanero. Green 3-5 cm large ribbed, elongated pods ripening to bright yellow. Very aromatic.

Heat Level : 10

15 Seeds for $3.00
  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

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