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Scientific Name: Capsicum frutescens

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Capsicum frutescens
Capsicum frutescens


  • Annual
  • Heirloom - upright pointed pepper.
  • Fruit ripens from green to orange to red.
  • Rates from 30,000 to 50,000 on the Scoville scale.
  • Good container plant.

Culinary Uses

  • The only variety of chilli pepper whose fruits are "juicy" - they are not dry on the inside.
  • Main ingredient in Tabasco Pepper Sauce.

Parts Used

  • The Fruit.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Excellent source of vitamins A and C.
  • Contains a chemical known as capsaicin that has a tonic and antiseptic effect.
  • Triggers endorphins, improves digestion, lowers triglycerides and improves circulation.
  • Improves fat oxidation, decreases congestion, lowers cholesterol levels, reduces high blood pressure, prevents blood clots and heart disease.
  • Protects against some kinds of cancers.
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