Commonly known as Scotch Bonnet or Cachucha in the Caribbean, this thin skinned hot pepper is a major cash crop for the region. With a Scoville rating varying between 10,000 and 150,000, its wide range of heat is unique. Environmental conditions have a significant effect on levels of capsicum. A few newly developed variations lack any heat at all, but bring the same flavor.
|Heat Level||150,000-400,000 Scoville heat units (SHU)|
|Germination||sow indoors 1/4 in. deep 8-14 weeks before last frost, germinates best with soil temp between 80-90F|
|Life Cycle||perennial often grown as an annual|
|Antagonists||fennel, beans, kohlrabi|
|Uses||edible*(fruit), herb/spice, medicinal*, utility (repellent)|
|Breed Status||Heirloom/Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Harvest seeds from the earliest, fully matured (but not dried) fruits.|
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