Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Chimayo') in the Peppers Database

Heredity: Open Pollinated
History: Heirloom roasting pepper famous for making chile powder.
Country of Origin: New Mexico, USA

Data specific to Peppers (Edit)
General Type: New Mexican
Pepper Shape: Tapered
Fruit Length: 3-5" A few may be bigger.
Fruit Width at Shoulders: 1"
Fruit Ripening Color Sequence: Green to Red
Days to First Harvest and Maturity: 60 to green, 85 to red.
Wall Thickness: Thin
Scoville Heat Units (approximate SHU): 1000 green, 2000-6000 red.
Heat: Medium Hot 2.5-30K SHU

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12-24"
Fruit: Showy
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual


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Posted by DanCarmona (Fort Wayne, Indiana - Zone 5a) on Jan 17, 2012 6:48 AM

Capsicum: Annuum
Origin: New Mexico
PI: 593474
Flower: erect, stellate
Petals: white
Spots: no
Calyx: toothless
Pods: Green > red 4"L
Seed: yellow-brown
Leaves: medium, glabrous
Plant height: 12-18"
Maturity: 80 Days
Habit: sturdy, tree-like bush
Scoville units: 500-2500
Germ. Time: 1 wk > 2 mo.

These varieties, or "land races," called 'Chimayo' and 'EspaƱola,' had adapted to particular environments and are still planted today in the same fields they were grown in centuries ago; they constitute a small but distinct part of the tons of pods produced each year in New Mexico.
ChimayĆ³ chiles are unpredictable. A single plant might produce some chiles as long as six or seven inches and some shorter. a few might be straight and skinny, and some will be bent oddly into curlicues.

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