Peri-Peri or Pili-Pili

(Capsicum frutescens)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

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Peri-Peri- or Pili-Pili (Capsicum frutescens)

My second most favorite bird pepper type from the South region of the continent of Africa. Pili Pili means "pepper pepper" in Swahili. It is also called piri piri, peri peri and the British years ago called it the African Devil pepper because of it's heat. This chile plant grows in the wild but now is cultivated for spice production. Popular in African cooking and also used in a marinade for roasting chickens or if you don't have time for a marinade then just sprinkle some pili pili pepper flakes on your meat before serving. The Pili Pili peppers grow upright and mature to a an orange or red color. They are about .125 in diameter and .75 inches long. Peri Peri or Pili Pili can produce bushes over 4 feet tall.

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!