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Capsicum

Pubescens

The name means “hairy” in reference to the hairs in its leaves, and this species originates in the Andean region. This species’ use goes back more than 7000 years, with traces of its use having been found in the Guitarrero Cave.

These cultivars come in various shapes, including resembling apples and pears. It is called a Manzano in Mexico because this means apple in Spanish.

The Pubescens species is home to some of the only known cold-resistant pepper varieties. Some plants maintain a low and wide structure with small leaves while others can grow to be quite tall.

In Peru and Ecuador, it is known as a Rocotto, Locoto in Bolivia and Argentina, and as the Manzano pepper (apple pepper) in Mexico.

Rocotos are very hot with a Scoville rating of between 100 000 and 300 000 SHU, and there are a variety of cultivars, including:

Brown Rocoto

Rocoto Canario ( yellow)

Rocoto de Seda

Rocoto Largo San Isidro

Rocoto Roja (red)

Orange Rocoto

White Rocoto

Rocotos are very hot with a Scoville rating of between 100 000 and 300 000 SHU.

Rocotos flavour is described as being similar to a Bell pepper, with the juiciness of a tomato, but with a very pungent heat.

When cut in half, a rocoto actually even looks like a tomato with black seeds.

Capsicum Pubescens Chillies are essential in Peruvian cooking and the most important ingredient in the Bolivian sauce Llajua. It is also used as an ingredient in ceviche and Rellenos.

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