Plants are literally covered in hundreds of erect fruits around 1" (2½ cm) long which ripen from purple to yellow to orange and lastly to red; as they ripen over a period of time the effect is quite stunning with the plant displaying a multitude of colours all at the same time. With a reasonably spicy kick these Chillis are sure to cheer up all sorts of dishes both with colour and heat.
Developed in 1992 by our friends at the Chilli Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University (CPI), this Piquin type of Chilli is just as useful as an ornamental as it is for conventional use.
The plant has a compact and very bushy habit, growing to around 3 feet (90 cm) tall with a similar spread. It also makes an excellent ornamental pot plant when confined by growing in a smaller container; in Mexico and the US pots of fruiting ornamental varieties such as this are popular Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts.
Small, very hot fruit produced on diminutive plants that can fit in the smallest of spaces.
An outstandingly beautiful chilli that puts on a spectacular show of colours.
A Turkish cayenne that ripens to a red, medium hot chilli that can be dried or used fresh.
Heat level: hot
(approx. 30,000 SHU)
Heat level: medium
(approx 24,000 SHU)
Heat level: hot (approx. 30,000 SHU).
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Heat level: very hot
(approx. 108,000 SHU)
A stunningly attractive chilli that puts on a spectacular show of colours. The cone-shaped fruit ripen from purple to yellow, followed by orange, and finally red. They are a mere 2.5cm long and fortuitously sit above the foliage, where the colourful display can be enjoyed. Not only are the fruit great to look at, but they are also hot, adding culinary value to an already exceptional variety.