So beautiful! The chocolate-brown, lantern shaped fruit are about 2” long, and so ornamental! But don’t let the color fool you; these are not candy, but rather flaming-hot fruit that carry a massive 425,000 Scoville units of heat! Hot pepper enthusiasts love the heat and flavor that these chocolate fruits are packed with, but be careful and use in moderation.
Scoville heat units (SHU): 425,000 – 577,000 SHU
Median heat: 501,000 SHU
Suggestions: Peppers need a warm soil and night temperature to prosper. They will stunt under 10C. Location should be sheltered from the wind and soil should be kept reasonably moist. Be sure to harden off the seedlings to reduce transplant stress. Harvest fruit early and often. The more you pick the more they will produce. Do not pull off fruit, rather cut from stems.
Pot size: Minimum 12″ per plant or plant in ground 12″ away from next plant.