Lemon Drop Hot Pepper Seeds – (Capsicum baccatum)
SKU: V1238 UPC: MPN: Seed Count: Approx 25 seeds per pack Days to Maturity: 100 days Type: Hot Days to Germination: 14-21 days @ 75-95F Light Preference: Full sun Plant Spacing: 18″ Status: Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
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Lemon Drop Hot Pepper – Addictive Spicy Citrus Flavor
For those who love their chile heat with a citrus tang, this is the pepper to know and grow. Also called Aji Limon or Lemon Chile and very popular as a seasoning in Peru and across South America, it’s difficult to find elsewhere. This ancient variety has been grown and improved over the past 2,500 years into the spicy treasure of today.
Very highly productive – often growing 100 peppers each – these are robust, hardy and compact, growing 2 – 3 feet tall and covered with 2 1/2 inch long fruit. The leaves are dark green and narrow, shading the lower plant well. Young fruit start out green and upright, becoming pendant as they ripen into their signature bright yellow color.
The heat is significant without being overpowering, somewhere between a serrano and a tabasco pepper, making it perfect for spicier dishes like salsas and citrus-based sauces and marinades. The steady heat doesn’t build or linger and is followed by a very surprising citrusy tang. Depending on the growing conditions and soil fertility, sometimes it has a fruitier flavor, other times the citrus is more like lemongrass.
The fresh, surprisingly strong citrus taste works extremely well with chicken and fish dishes and adds an unexpected tasty flavor to many types of snacks. Try dried lemon drop chile powder sprinkled on everything from eggs and sandwiches to popcorn and fresh apple slices.
Indigenous to Central and South America, peppers were developed into a crop plant around 3,000 BC or perhaps even earlier. Columbus introduced Capsicum into Europe and it also spread to Africa and Asia.
Peppers are used fresh, dried, and cooked. Peppers contain vitamins A and C.
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Aji Limo / Lemon Drop
Aji Limo – One of the most flavorful of the Andean peppers has survived from pre-Columbian times. Its distinctive citrus flavor and the bright yellow pods immediately bring to mind the crisp aromas of lemons and limes. This pepper is extremely spicy, but when it’s tempered by cooking in sweet-flavored salsas, the lemony taste is dynamite and it is truly citrusy. Raw and finely chopped this pepper adds flavor, color and heat to ceviches.
The prolific plants are also hard to kill, so they’re perfect for first time pepper growers!
It bears heavily, with dozens of small, waxy-skinned fruit that turn from light green to golden yellow at ripeness. This pepper has a long growing season and produces well into the cooler months. Small 24” plants and 2“ pods. Commonly known as Lemon Drop pepper. Capsicum baccatum (100 days)
Heat Level: Very Hot Scoville 15,000 – 30,000
~ Packet contains 10 seeds.
In early spring, start seeds indoors 8 weeks prior to warm nightly temperatures. Place the seeds in sterile media and cover 1/4” deep. Provide 85°F bottom heat, bright light and keep moist at all times. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Transplant seedlings into pots and grow until there are 6 true leaves on the plant. Plant the m directly into rich soil, 24” apart or into large 3 gallon containers. Harvest peppers when they are yellow.