Common name: chiltepin, chiltepe, chile tepin, turkey, bird’s eye. This is the ancestor of most of the pepper varieties we know today. It has blistering, but not long lasting heat with a rating of 50,000 to 250,000 on the Scoville scale. In Mexico the heat is described as arrebatado, meaning rapid or violent. Grows wild in much of the desert Southwest and Mexico to Guatemala. Ours is from Rabinal, Guatemala. It ripens from green to black and ultimately to red. This is the “mother of all peppers.”
Chiltepe can be tricky to germinate and typically has a lower germination rate than other chiles. We over-pack or seed packs to compensate for this. *Below Standard Germination*
Epic origin — grown by: Gabina Tisca, Guatemala
Planting Instructions: Chiltepe peppers can be tricky to germinate. Sow shallowly in cells or small pots 8 weeks before your last expected frost date. A heating matt or warm sunny windowsill works best. This variety tends to germinate slower than other varieties. Transplant to garden after all danger of frost, every 12-18 inches in rows 18-24 inches apart. These are tall, gangly pepper plants. Staking your peppers will help keep fruit-laden plants upright.
Sow: Indoors 8 weeks before last frost
Germinate: 10-16 days
Harvest: 80 days