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Fatalii Chilli
Two ripe Fatalii chillies, with tape measure (in inches) for scale.
Species Capsicum chinense
Cultivar 'Fatalii'
Origin Africa
Heat Exceptionally hot
Scoville scale 125,000–400,000 SHU

The Fatalii is a cultivar of the chili pepper Capsicum chinense that was developed in southern or central Africa from chilis introduced from the Americas. It is described as having a fruity, citrus flavor with a searing heat that is comparable to the standard habanero, to which it is related and from which it was probably derived.


The plants typically grow 20 to 25 inches (51–64 cm) in height, but may reach 3 feet (0.91 m) or taller under optimal growing conditions, and plant distance should be about the same. The pendant pods get 2.5 to 3.5 inches (6.4–8.9 cm) long and about 0.75 to 1.5 inches (1.9–3.8 cm) wide. From a pale green, the most common variety matures to a bright yellow. Less common are red and white Fataliis.

Culinary Use[edit]

The Fatalii is known for its extreme heat and citrus flavor. As such, it makes for a hot sauce that usually comprises other citrus flavors (e.g., lime, lemon). The walls of the peppers are very thin, making it very easy to dry.[citation needed] After drying, the peppers can be used as powders.[specify]

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