Birdseye Chile Pepper - Knowledgebase Question

Redding, CA
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Question by jjw3
July 31, 1998
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 from NGA
July 31, 1998
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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