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Hot Pepper ‘Aribibi Gusano' AKA 'Caterpillar Pepper' Seeds (Certified Organic)

An exotic chinense pepper variety having wrinkled, slender, white fruits with a strong and hot, citrus flavor.

Availability: In stock

All orders are hand-packaged and may take UP TO FOUR weeks to SHIP.
Thank you for your patience during this time.


Aribibi Gusano, also known as 'Aji Gusano', 'Arivivi Gusano', 'Aji Gusanito', 'Caterpillar Pepper' and 'Turtle's Claw', is a much-loved variety from the city of Aribibi in the Amazon Rainforest region of Bolivia. An exotic chinense pepper variety having wrinkled, slender, white fruits with a strong and hot, citrus flavor. The fruits can grow up to 1 1/4" and ripen from light green to creamy white. The plants have a compact bushy growth habit and produce masses of wrinkled, caterpillar-shaped chillies which start light green and ripen to pale creamy yellow-ivory. Aribibi Gusano peppers have an amazing flavor and work very well in salsas, sauces, stews and stir fries. The word 'gusano' means 'worm' in Spanish, and the word 'gusanito' means 'little worm'. Still a very uncommon variety. Non-Isolated. 

SHU: 300,000 - 470,000

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Capsicum chinense
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 15 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 8-10 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Plant Spacing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Days to Harvest 80-90
Propagation Methods From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Heat (Scoville Heat Units) 100,000-349,999 SHU, 350,000-599,999 SHU
Pepper Color Green changing to cream
Pepper Shape Twisted
Pepper Size Small (under 2in. in length)
Pepper Usage Drying, Fresh (salsa, salads), Frying, Pickling, Roasting
Seeds Per Pack 10