Chiltepin / Tepin - This hot pepper is delicious on ice cream, or in iced coffee. It is native and grows wild in Texas, Arizona and Mexico. Many birds consume the Tepin pepper and disperse the seeds into the wild, but do not feel the ‘heat’ of the pepper like mammals. The ancient Chiltepin is called the “mother of all peppers,” and is thought to be the oldest of all Capsicum annum species. The word Tepin is from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec Indians. It means “flea” because of its small size.
These round to oval fruits are only 3/8” wide. It is often confused with the Pequin that is a small oval with a point. The Tepin grow on 36” tall plants and have extreme heat. All peppers are perennials, so if your plant survives the winter without freezing, the shrub can get very large. Capsicum annuum (120 days)
Heat Level: Super Hot. Scoville Heat Units 50,000 - 100,000
~ Packet contains 10 seeds.
In early spring, start seeds indoors 8 weeks prior to warm nightly temperatures. Place the seeds in sterile media and cover 1/4” deep. Provide 85°F bottom heat, bright light and keep moist at all times. Seeds will germinate in 7 - 21 days. Transplant seedlings into pots and grow until there are 6 true leaves on the plant. Plant them directly into rich soil, 30” apart or into large 5 gallon containers. Harvest peppers when they are red.