Here is the Aji Peri-peri Pepper, Capsicum baccatum, Scoville units: 1,000 to 7,000 SHU. This rare and unusual baccatum pepper originates from Africa. The strange pepper is a baccatum version of the Piri-piri which means "pepper" in Malawi and many other countries throughout Africa. It also goes by piri-piri or pili pili. Peri-Peri is a common name used to describe many peppers in africa similar to the "Tepin" in western countries. The pods get to around 2.5 inches long and has rich baccatum pepper flavor! Fruits start out white in color and turn to a red color when fully ripe. Plants can get to 5+ feet tall and tend to be a tall sized plant but if pruned they tend to stay small like 3 feet tall and bushy. Pods have an amazing flavor with a very nice snappiness and medium heat an sweetness that is very satisfying but some peppers may be very hot! These make a great drying and pickling pepper and holds up well in a skillet and also great for and fresh eating too! NOTE: Please don't confuse this pepper with the Wild African Bird pepper which is a C. frutescens and are totally different varieties. Open pollinated 62 to 81 days.
Aji Peri-peri Pepper
Quantity 10 seeds
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Peppers require a long warm season to produce fruits, taking from 58 to 100 days to mature. Although grown as an annual throughout most of the country, peppers survive as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b, 10 and 11. Ornamental, sweet and hot peppers all require the same conditions for germination and fruit production.
1. Start pepper seeds six to eight weeks before you plan to plant them outside. Use planting trays or pots with drainage holes and a separate water tray to allow excess moisture to drain.
2. Wash planting trays or pots with hot water and soap. Mix nine parts water with one part bleach and rinse the containers with the mixture to remove any bacteria and fungus.
3. Fill the planting container with seed starting mix. Use a packaged soilless blend or make your own using one-third peat, one-third sand and one-third vermiculite.
4. Broadcast the pepper seeds across the seed starting medium. Cover them with a light layer of the medium about twice as thick as the seed width.
5. Mist the planted container with room temperature water until the starting mix feels damp all the way through. Cover the tray or pots with a humidity dome or plastic film.
6. Place the planters in a warm location. Pepper seeds need temperatures around 70 to 80 degrees F to germinate. Use a seed starting heat mat with thermostat to ensure consistent and accurate temperatures.
7. Check the peppers daily for moisture levels and seedlings. Mist as needed to keep the soilless mix moist. Germination takes seven to 14 days for most varieties of peppers. Remove the plastic cover when seedlings appear.