Pepper Hot, Chiltepin Wild Chile
An iconic heirloom of the Americas. Chiltepin peppers are a wild native of the U.S. Southwest, specifically the canyon lands of the US-Mexico border. This small but mighty pepper is highly revered, especially among the Native American tribes of the Southwest, where it plays a role in food, history and culture. An extremely hot little pepper, the fruits range from 10-40 times as hot as a jalapeño, making them a perfect seasoning pepper, often sun dried and used for seasoning. This rare chili still grows wild and is protected in 3 national parks: Big Bend National Park, Coronado National Forest and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Grow this wild historic heirloom in your home garden!
- 8-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 7-10 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 70-95 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 14-18"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Capsicum annuum
Growing Tips: Start indoors in bright light 8-12 weeks before last frost date. Heat mat helps to warm soil and speed germination. Peppers often appreciate a bit of afternoon shade during the hottest summer weather.