Chile Pepper (Capsicum frutescens 'Tabasco') in the Peppers Database

Vegetables
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Days to harvest: 80

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Showy
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit

Tabasco flower

Looking for Magic:  Cayenne PepperLooking for Magic: Cayenne Pepper
October 31, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Cayenne pepper, HOT! On a hot scale of one to five, I'd rank it close to a six, it's that powerful. Even so, it too contains magic; let's find it.

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Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Jan 19, 2012 9:05 AM

Tabasco
Capsicum: Frutescens
Origin: Mexico
PI: 586675
Flower: Erect, small, sharp curve
Petals: Greenish/white
Spots: No
Calyx: Toothless
Pods: Erect, candle-like, 1"
Seed: yellow-brown
Leaves: smooth, shiny
Plant height: 24" > 36"
Maturity: 80 days
Habit: tree-like, sturdy
Scoville units: 50,000-80,000
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.

Tabasco peppers are the only types of Capsicum frutescens that are well known in North America. These fiery little jewels are the primary ingredient in tabasco sauce, the famous hot sauce that has been produced in southern Louisiana since 1848 when the peppers were first imported from the State of Tabasco in Mexico. Growers today cannot keep up with demand and tabasco peppers are imported from Columbia and Central America to be mashed in Louisiana. Originally from somewhat swampy regions it prefers hot and humid conditions for maximum productivity.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Oct 27, 2018 12:29 PM

We grew these for the first time this year, as we have been making our own hot sauces lately. It's a good thing I bought 6 or more starts as the peppers were very small. They produced well, but came ripe after most of the other peppers we grew. Out of at least 6 plants, we didn't get much weight in our harvest due to the tiny size of the peppers. We ended up making a 3 Pepper Hot Sauce by making up the difference in weight with a combination of habaneros and jalapeƱos to make a small batch. It's really hot! Hotter than the straight habanero sauce we made earlier, but maybe the habaneros also got hotter for this batch because they were out in the garden longer?

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