Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Capsicum frutescens ,Tabasco Chilli Pepper

Capsicum frutescens 
Tabasco Chilli Pepper

This is the one perennial bush chilli which can be relied upon to provide some fruit even in the depths of winter when all the annual varieties have long gone. It grows to about 1.5 metres in height and is quite compact and decorative as the fruit change colour from yellow to dark red as they mature. It is a very hot variety and is suitable for preserving in spirit (add to that bottle of Vodka for an extra kick!) or in vinegar as is the case with the famous brew from the McIlhenny Company of the USA, which I just cant live without especially when applied liberally to an Avocado.
The Tabasco Chilli Bush can be pruned back in late winter as the leaves may turn yellow as a reaction to cold but it returns with strong growth once the weather warms up.
2017 update: I am currently not growing it and think it better a chilli for sauce than eating fresh.

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