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Chili pepper 'Tepin'

Capsicum annuum 'Tepin'

Chilli, Birds eye chilli, Indian pepper(Eng.), Brandrissie(Afr.)

The small, round Chili pepper 'Tepin' is a delightfully balanced chilli of delicious flavour and manageable ferocity, known for being really hot, but for its heat passing quickly.The tepin chilli is one of the oldest wild chillis, and is so called the "mother of all peppers," . Attempts to cultivate have proven to be problematic, so its fruit hand-picked from wild plants are well known and used throughout the culinary world.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest 60-70 days after planting. Most tepin chilles are harvested by hand from native plants which can grow 50 years old!

Propagation

Seed
Seeds should be started indoors 8–10 weeks before the last Spring frost. It can be directly seeded in areas with a long, warm growing season.

Special features

Crop rotation
Medium Feeder
Attracts birds
The fruit is a favorite snack of wild birds.
Drought resistant
It’s very drought tough, though in dry hot summers, it welcomes supplemental water.
Pot plant
Plant can be grown in large container with good drainage holes.

Geography

Origin
North America, Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.
Natural climate
Warm to hot

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Fruit serves as natural painkiller, antibacterial agent and traditionally used to relieve stomach disorders, liniment for rheumatism, and to cure headaches.
Edible
The fruits are most often sun-dried and added to soft cheeses and cream sauces, or pickled with wild oregano, garlic and salt to be used as a condiment.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Greenish-white
Scent
Mild

Problems

Pests include aphids, beet armyworm, flea beetles, leafminers, leafroller, pepper weevil, spider mites, thrips, and corn earworm. Diseases include bacterial spot, damping-off, fusarium wilt, mosaic, phytophthora blight, powdery mildew, and southern blight.

Companion plants

Tomatoes, basil, beetroot, lettuce, carrots, celery, radish, sweetcorn

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