Medusa pepper

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Medusa pepper
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SpeciesCapsicum annuum
Heat Mild
Scoville scale1–1,000 SHU

Medusa peppers are a type of sweet, ornamental chili pepper which grow upright, brightly colored fruit, and which are long and thin, producing a "hair of snakes" look suggestive of the gorgon Medusa in Greek mythology.

Unlike most other ornamental peppers, Medusa peppers are very mild, and typically have a heat level ranging from 1 to 1,000 Scoville heat units. Medusa peppers typically grow to approximately 2 inches (5.1 cm) long, and are often slightly curved in shape.[1] Unusually for ornamental peppers, the fruits are sweet, and transition from green through yellow and orange as they ripen, eventually becoming red when fully ripe.[2]

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  1. ^ "Medusa Pepper: Monstrously Good Looks". PepperScale. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Pepper, Medusa Ornamental Pepper, Medusa Ornamental". Direct Gardening. Archived from the original on 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2012-01-08.