Wae Mae Wo

C. annuum

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Originating from Korea, the Wae Mae Wo pepper belongs to the Capsicum annuum species. It’s a plant that stretches upwards with grace, usually over a meter in height even when confined to a pot. It shows a surprising preference for cooler, shaded spots, flourishing even in the chill of winter when it continues to bloom. In a container, it’s a generous producer, but it truly thrives when given room to spread its roots in the earth or to a larger pot, becoming more expansive and fruitful.

The peppers themselves transition from green to red as they mature, averaging around 6 to 7 centimeters in length, with a slender width of about 1 centimeter. They offer a delightful crunch and an unexpected flavor profile: a fusion of immediate sweety fruitiness, a little reminiscent in texture and taste to a crisp apple. This distinct flavor profile makes them an excellent addition to stir-fries and salads.

The Wae Mae Wo chili is a standout plant for those with the luxury of space, rewarding growers with its stature, pleasantly vigorous heat, and exceptional taste.

Challenge: 1 (Easy to grow!)

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