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.


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]


  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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