Piri Piri

Capsicum frutescens

Sprouts in: 7 - 21 days
Enjoy for: 84 - 150 days
Plant is edible!
Plant is poisonous!
Grows best at: 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F)
Heat on Scoville scale: 50000 - 100000

  • Piri Piri Chili fruits have a heat level of up to 100.000 on Scoville heat units.
  • You can speed up the germination process by raising the temperature to 79°F (26°C).
  • If multiple seeds germinate in each pod, leave one seedling to grow per plant pod to ensure enough space and nutrients for the plant to grow.
  • Do not cut or prune your Piri Piri Chili plant before fruiting - it will form flowers and fruits at the top of the plant.
  • Once your plant is flowering, it needs to be pollinated by hand. Do this by gently shaking your plant to carry pollen from one blossom to the next.
  • Warning! The leaves and seeds of the Piri Piri Chili can be hot too. It is always a good precaution to wash your hands after touching the chili plant. It is also best to avoid touching your eyes or other sensitive body parts after handling chilies.

Fun facts!

  • Piri Piri Chili fruits have a heat level of up to 100.000 on Scoville heat units.
  • If too many pods mature at the same time it is best to dry them for longer storage or make spicy oil or vinegar.
  • The famous writer Laurens van der Post wrote in his book First Catch Your Eland (1977): “The man who has become hooked on piri piri always hungers for it, because the person who has once acquired a taste in the tropics for Indian curries, Oriental spices or African chillies becomes an addict...”
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