Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Filipino Mexican Tree Pepper"

A decade ago my Filipino neighbor Joe gave me a few pods of this perennial "Tree Pepper" that Hot Pepper God Allen Boatman identified as a form of Capsicum frutescens. The original plant thrived for eight years with just a hard cut back and feeding each spring until a very severe freeze killed. Luckily I'd saved pods and so this year I have a few growing again in large Water Wise Container Gardens. The flavor and heat is on par with a good Thai Pepper (a form of Capsicum annuum). My original plant had quite the impressive woody is an old pic of it plus close ups of the VERY plentiful pods.

1 comment:

  1. Hey John,
    I bought some seeds called "Red Mexican Pepper Tree" over 20 years ago. Some grew over 8' tall and lived for 5 years plus.
    I had the big idea that I would cross breed and come up with my own Pepper. Well, the seeds were eventually sterile and Ive been pining away ever since. I think what you have is similar to what I started with way back when. I live in Coastal GA, where we sometimes only get one/two freezes per year.
    I would love to get a few pods.
    Brent Nichols