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Hot Pepper ‘Yellow Pequin’ Seeds (Certified Organic)

The Yellow Pequin pepper as of 2018 is the rarest pepper to come out of Mexico.

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Also known as Piquín and the Bird Pepper. The Yellow Pequin pepper as of 2018 is the rarest pepper to come out of Mexico. The popular Pequin is always red when ripe and nobody has seen the yellow recessive gene appear until now. So now Mexico has a small bird type that rivals the flavor of the famous Aji Charapita. It too has sweet citrus tones like the Charapita. But it grows into a bigger bush and is more productive. The Yellow Pequin originated in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, in the small town of San Miguel Palmas. This is a semi-desert area in central Mexico. It was discovered by a man name Jeronimo Hernandez, also known as “Chucho.” There is a red Pequin that grows in the wild in this area. Jeronimo has planted many seeds from these peppers in his home garden for his whole life and one of the plants ended up producing yellow fruit, which is extremely rare. About six years ago, he sent seed from this plant to his son who lives in South Carolina. His son also a farmer grew this out year after year under isolation netting and it stayed yellow. The Yellow Pequin tend to grow bigger than in the wild. This is due to more nutrients and water the plants get than in the wild. However, the peppers still have the same great flavor.

The Yellow Pequin is commonly used as a spice. The popular Cholula brand hot sauce lists pequin peppers and arbol peppers among its ingredients. Pequin peppers have a complex flavor that is somewhat citrusy with a touch of smokiness. They are quite hot! The heat tends to be a front of the tongue hot, but doesn’t last too long. They are excellent for pickling, in salsa, soups or any dish you want to add some heat to. Amazing producer of small yellow pods! Non-Isolated.

SHU: 30,000 - 60,000

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

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum
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 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Plant Spacing 24-36 in. (60-90 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, 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) 25,000-49,999 SHU, 50,000-99,999 SHU
Pepper Color Green changing to gold
Pepper Shape Tapered
Pepper Size Small (under 2in. in length)
Pepper Usage Drying, Fresh (salsa, salads), Pickling
Seeds Per Pack 25