Chilli - Rocoto Manzano - Orange (seed)
Chilli - Rocoto Manzano - Orange (seed)
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Chilli - Rocoto Manzano - Orange (seed)

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CAPSICUM PUBESCENS

Originally from Central and South America, and more precisely in Chile and Peru. The species name, pubescens, means hairy, which refers to the hairy leaves of this pepper. The hairiness of the leaves, along with the black seeds, distinguish this species from others.

Manzano is a Spanish word used for apple trees.

The Rocoto Manzano chilli typically look likes a small tomato, in hues of red, orange, and yellow. Even when cut open, the Rocoto looks quite like a tomato – with thick walls and abundant juiciness. But there’s one notable exception, Rocotos have dark brown to black seeds throughout which is typical of any chilli in Capsicum Pubescens. It’s a unique chilli experience, both to see and to eat.

The plant grows tall – giving the Rocoto another common name, the TREE CHILLI – with beautiful purple flowers and silky hairy leaves. It can easily double as an ornamental chilli plant with its looks, especially for Northern climates since the Rocoto can handle cooler temperatures better than many other chillies.

The juiciness that makes the Rocoto more tomato-like does impact its overall versatility in the kitchen. Rocotos are delicious as a paste, and in salsas, hot sauces, stews, and other dishes where their juiciness is beneficial. But despite their thick walls, the Rocoto is not a good stuffing pepper, nor is it at all a chilli you should try drying. There’s just too much juiciness here.

Care: Germination temperature is between 20°C and 28°C (germination period: 8-21 days); it is therefore recommended to use a greenhouse and a heating mat. The plants need fresh, well-fertilised, permeable soil, and do not tolerate water-logging. They should be planted in a sunny, protected place with at least 6 hours of sunlight - preferably more. Put the plants outside approx. 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost.

CHILLI ‘Rocoto Manzano Orange’ Scoville heat units (SHU): 50,000 to 250,000

5 seeds per packet