C. frutescens



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Here’s a fine example of a very rare wild frutescens pepper. These peppers are closely
related to wild annuum “Tepin” peppers. So closely, actually, that the
researchers debate which one developed first and where in South America. The
origin of this variety is unknown, but it is believed that wild frutescens
peppers originally grew in northern parts of South America. The tiny berry is
not as hot as in some other wild capsicums, but its complex flavor makes it
very good for drying and using as powder.

Challenge: 2 (sometimes wild peppers can be difficult to germinate)