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Hot Pepper ‘Chilhuacle Negro' Seeds (Certified Organic)

Especially good roasted before adding to salsas, or as a spicy ingredient in stir-fries.

Availability: In stock

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This stunning pepper is the "Chilhuacle Negro." The pepper was already ancient about a thousand years ago when the Aztecs gave it its name, which means “the old one.” Scientific evidence pinpoints central Mexico as the site of the oldest domesticated peppers, also the historical location of chilhuacle cultivation. The chilhuacle may be one of the oldest domesticated peppers on Earth, if not the oldest. The chilhuacle chili is an endemic crop of the Cañada Region in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, within the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and is the only place in the world where it is produced commercially. The pepper is expensive to cultivate commercially, is now considered endangered, and may one day become extinct. The pepper gives a very distinct flavor to the local dish “Oaxacan black mole” (Mole Negro Oaxaqueño).

The peppers have a medium heat and turn from green to chocolate brown when mature. Since they have very thin walls, they dry easily. They are especially good roasted before adding to salsas, or as a spicy ingredient in stir-fries. Non-Isolated.

SHU: 1,000-2,000

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

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Capsicum annuum
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) 1,000-2,999 SHU
Pepper Color Green changing to brown
Pepper Shape Round, Tapered
Pepper Size Small (under 2in. in length)
Pepper Usage Drying, Fresh (salsa, salads), Frying, Pickling, Roasting, Stuffing
Seeds Per Pack 10