Lemon drop pepper

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Lemon drop chilli, ají limon
C baccatum lemon drop fruit.jpg
Genus Capsicum
Species Capsicum baccatum
Cultivar 'Lemon drop'
Heat Hot
Scoville scale 15,000-30,000 SHU

The lemon drop pepper, ají limon,[1] is a hot, citrus-like, lemon-flavored pepper which is a popular seasoning pepper in Peru, where it is known as qillu uchu. A member of the baccatum species, the lemon drop is a cone pepper that is around 60mm long and 12mm wide with some crinkling.[2]

Reactions to the taste of the pepper vary from delicious to tasting of hand soap, but the pepper is commonly described as sweet, mildly hot, and tasting of citrus.

Description[edit]

Plants of the variety lemon drop are typical representatives of the species Capsicum baccatum. In the first year they can reach a height of 1.50 to 2 meters. The plant grows upright and is highly branched. The leaves are dark green and relatively narrow, the petals are whitish - green and carry yellow - green spots on the base. Lemon drop is a high yielding chilli plant, in a year one plant can produce over 100 fruits. The time between fertilization of flowers and ripening of the fruit is about 80 days.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland (2009). The Complete Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking. Timber Press. ISBN 978-0881929201. 
  2. ^ "Aji Lemon Drop". chileman.org. 

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