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Hot Pepper ‘Chilhuacle Rojo' Seeds (Certified Organic)

An ancient and rare variety from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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An ancient and rare variety from Oaxaca, Mexico. These medium hot peppers are traditionally dried and used in mole sauce type dishes. They have a rich, robust, earthy, slightly smoky-sweet flavor that lasts on the tongue. The pods are thin-walled and can be used fresh, dried, and cooked.

This variety was grown only in a small area of La Cañada, just outside of Oaxaca, Mexico for millennia. The name chilhuacle [chee-WAH-clee] means "old chile" in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, suggesting that it was already an ancient domesticated variety when they rose to power. 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 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Plant Spacing 15-18 in. (38-45 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 70-80
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 red
Pepper Shape Long, Tapered
Pepper Size Medium (3in. to 6in. in length)
Pepper Usage Drying, Fresh (salsa, salads), Frying, Roasting
Seeds Per Pack 10