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Scientific Name: Capsicum chinense "Congo Black"

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Capsicum chinense "Congo Black"
Capsicum chinense "Congo Black"


  • Annual
  • Tender shrub with branched stems and simple ovate-lanceolate leaves.
  • White to green flowers appear in spring to summer.
  • Bears pod type, lantern-shaped chocolate colored fruit that are pendulous.
  • Needs well-drained soil and good morning sun.
  • Do not over-water - swamped roots will produce bitter-tasting peppers.
  • Add eggshells to the soil to increase the calcium content, to stimulate good growth and to repel snails and slugs.
  • Coffee grounds are useful for increasing the nitrogen levels, banana peels will add potassium, and fish parts will add phosphorous.

Culinary Uses

  • Fiery hot with a unique, rich flavor.
  • The ultimate salsa pepper.
  • Use SPARINGLY fresh/dried, ripe/unripe as vegetables (cooked/uncooked) and stuffed.
  • Add to curries, pickles and chutneys.
  • Use in sauces, sauté meats and shellfish with olive oil and will add spice to a baked dish.

Parts Used

  • Fruit.
  • Ventilate the kitchen when preparing chillies.
  • Wear rubber gloves to handle them and avoid touching your eyes or other sensitive areas after handling - can cause irritation to the skin.

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, improves circulation, improves fat oxidation, decreases congestion, lowers cholesterol levels, reduces high blood pressure, prevents blood clots and heart disease and protects against some kinds of cancers.
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