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Old 02-14-2004, 21:24   #8
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Chile Pequenos

I am not a fan of habaneros. I think they are bitter.

I am hooked on chile pequenos.

I have my plant inside. It isn't a traditional pepper plant. It makes a shrub with a woody stem. It will live several years before I kill it. When I do that, I will just start another one with some seeds I have saved from the peppers since it isn't a hybird

Chile pequenos are native to certain parts of Mexico. I got my first peppers from a Mexican I knew with a warning to NOT eat the pepper by itself. So what did I do? Immediately bit into it. Instead of gasping for breah as he expected, I ate a couple more;f But, shortly afterward I had blisters on my lips and tongue from the pepper they are so hot;P

There is alot of chile pequenos in this area IF you know where to look for them. The Mexicans have smuggled them into the country with them. (Seeds and plants are not supposed to cross the borders WITHOUT being properly inspected and regulated due to disease that can be carried over and contaminate our crops)

In Mexico, the plants grow wild and birds will eat the peppers. The peppers are tiny-the biggest they will get is about the size of a green pea. Due to the size of the peppers and the bird's eating them, another name for them is "bird's eye".

I keep my plant "starved" for water so I get smaller and hotter peppers. I can get a plant to live about four or five years before I kill it. When the plant is at it's peak, it can have as many as a hundred or even two hundred peppers on it!

The last time I checked, chile pequenos are not rated on the scoville scale but are hotter than habeneros if grown properly. I have ate both. People I know that eat habeneros have tried one of my chile pequenos. Just one:( Wimps.

A few pepper speciality seed suppliers carry the seed. They may be pricy due to the uniqueness of the item. The pepper is incredibly slow growing if you try to grow one. Don't expect to harvest your first pepper for at least six months. It can take up to three months for the seeds to sprout under ideal conditions too. As you can imagine, this adds to the "rarity" of this pepper.
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