C. frutescens

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Here’s a fine example of a very rare wild frutescens pepper. These peppers are 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)

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