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Capsicum chinense 'Cajamarca'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Cajamarca

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)
Ornamental (not recommended for eating)

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lokidog On May 26, 2014, lokidog from Logan, UT wrote:

This is an easy pepper for me here. It is not a late chili as stated in other places, but about 75 days till the first peppers can be harvested, and about 85 days till mature ones (with mature seeds) start. This is therefore my earliest C. chinense pepper. We have hot days and cool nights, and low humidity, but a fairly short season. Maybe for a time it's like the region in Peru where this pepper originates (the region ranges from Amazon jungle to high mountains)? It goes on producing till frost, and is one of the most productive hot peppers for me. It it not as flavorful or fragrant as described in other texts for me (grown 4 years), but is nice. It does not taste very much like other C. chinense peppers, but is more like C. annuum peppers, and is comparable to a Jalapeņo with a bit more fruitiness and not as meaty. One of it's main assets is the color of the fruits, which start light yellow and light green, with violet streaks, some are all violet, mature to orange, and then turn deep scarlet. They dry very well too. The heat of these seems way off in the description too - they are not as hot as serranos, grown side by side, so I estimate more like 10,000 SU.

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 29, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Capsicum : Chinense
Origin: Peru
Scoville units: 30,000-50,000
Blossom end shape: pointed, mixed
Fruit position and shape: pendant
Fruit size and color: 3"-5"L Purple > red
Calyx shape: almost toothless
Flower: stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals/Spots: white/none
Filament color: purple or white
Anther color: blue
Habit: bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: large, uneven
Germ. Time: 3 wk > 3 mo.
Maturity: 80 days
Plant height: 18-24"
Chilli pepper Condor's Beak, which translates to "Cajamarca", is a beautiful fruit that starts a vibrant purple unique to C. chinense varieties and matures to a rich red.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California
Logan, Utah

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