The Q&A Archives: Birdseye Chile Pepper

Question: I'm looking for a tiny hot pepper we called 'birdseye' that are about the size of a pea. They are very hot and we used to pour vinegar over and use as a pepper sauce. They grew wild at our place. What are they?

Answer: Bird's Eye Chile Peppers are also called 'African Devil'. They're often used in Thai and Vietnamese dishes and they're right up there on the scale of hot: 120,000 heat units! Some people claim they're hotter than Habanero. They're small, thinwalled, round, 3/8", green to red. The seeds are difficult to germinate, but it's a wild variety generally propagated by birds. You'll find Bird's Eye, and other chilies in the following catalog: The Pepper Gal, P. O. Box 23006, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307-3006. Write for a copy.

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