Chiltepin or Tepin

(Capsicum annuum)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

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Chiltepin or Tepin (Capsicum annuum)

One of the hottest and most flavorful bird pepper types. It grows in Southwest United States, Mexico, South and Central America. I have grown over 12 varieties of this chile plant and the types from Northwest Mexico Desert Mountains are the most flavorful and produce well. Especially the Sonoran or Hermosillo Tepin.

These plants are considered wild chiles and can withstand our Southwestern winters to give you years of chiles. The heat level rivals most habaneros. Pods ripen to a dark red and get up to over .25 in diameter. They grow well in pots with a well drained soil mix. I dry my pods and use a small coffee grinder to make a great tasting hot chile powder.

At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).

We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant varieties!