The Chiltepin, also called chile tepin, is originaly from Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. It is sometimes called the "mother of all peppers," because it is thought to be the oldest form in the Capsicum annuum species.
Tepin peppers, nicknamed “bird’s eye” peppers, rank high in heat level. This chile pepper is round or slightly oval and about 3/8 inch in width. "Tepin” comes from the Nahuatl Mexican word meaning “flea” because of its smallness.
Tepins can be hot, measuring between 100,000 and 250,000 Scoville Units. In Mexico, the heat of the Chiltepine is called arrebatado ("rapid” or “violent”), which implies that although the heat is intense, it diminishes quickly.
Beautiful for stir fries, Italian, Mexican food...
The chilli pods go red as the plant reach its maturity.
This plant will give you a lot of fruits during the chilli season which lasts approximate 4 to 6 months.
For more information about chilli seeds:
Page on how to grow chilli seeds
Information about germination of chilli seeds
Video, which will show you how to achieve an 85% germination rate!!
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