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Capsicum chinense 'Pimenta de Neyde'

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

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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:
Small (under 2" in length)
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Purple changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

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:
Late (more than 80 days)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SvenLittkowski On Oct 26, 2014, SvenLittkowski from Kingston
Jamaica wrote:

Having it, growing, is nice.
But the Pimenta de Neyde can do so much more for you!
Using it for cross-pollinations with other Capsicum chinense, the resulting hybrids are amazing! The textures of those new hybrid fruits are truly revolutionary! Search online for "Pimenta Tiger", "Pink Tiger", and you will see what the results will be if being crossed with a Bhut Jolokia.

I self use the PdN for crosses with many more chinense, and I am also starting to experiment with crosses to annuum.

Positive DanCarmona On Nov 30, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Pimenta de Neyde
Capsicum: Chinense
Origin: Brazil
Scoville units: 100,000-300,000
Blossom end shape: blunt
Fruit position and shape: pendant, elongate
Fruit size and color: 3/4" purple
Calyx shape: saucer shaped, toothless
Flower: stellate, small, bell-shaped
Petals/Spots: white w/purple/none
Filament color:
Anther color:
Habit: tree like
Stem: smooth
Leaves: large, uneven
Germ. Time: 3 wk. >.3 mo.
Maturity: 100 days
Plant height: 24-36"
Taste: fruity aroma, apricot like
Usage: stews, sauces
This variety is apparently a chinense-annuum cross with purple pods. In Brazil it is called Neyde (after the women who discovered it). Even though the fruits don't resemble Chinense very much, the taste is said to be very chinense-like and the pods are supposed to be very hot. Flowers are white with purple stains and the pods remain purple even at maturity. The variety is definitely one for the avid pepper collector.

Credits & Sources: thechileman Pimenta de Neyde

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