Hot Pepper 'Bulgarian Carrot'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Bulgarian Carrot
Additional cultivar information:(aka Shipkas)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to gold

Green changing to orange

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:




Fresh (salsa, salads)






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Thousand Oaks, California

Bonaire, Georgia

Britt, Iowa

Urbandale, Iowa

Benton, Kentucky

Moss Point, Mississippi

Platte City, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Houston, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2013, daredevil from Niagara Falls, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Dorkasaurus' use of the descriptive "crunchy" is dead on. The peppers seemed to have a thicker skin than most and I had to bring out the sharpest knife to slice them. Flavor is great, moderately spicey and definately fruity, but the plants weren't overly productive for me.


On Feb 18, 2011, biro from Friendship, OH (Zone 7b) wrote:

Heavy bearer. I didn't try it because I knew it would be too spicy for me, but my then-boyfriend who practically chugs habanero hot sauce teared up after biting into one of these and said it was very hot, much hotter than a jalapeno. He also said it had a delicious fruity flavor. The plant is very handsome and the loads of bright orange fruits look really nice. I had a fun time giving these away.


On Jan 28, 2010, Dorkasaurus from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew these for the first time last summer. I was led to believe these were mild, like a mild Jalapeno but they were quite hot. It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about them. Nice crunchy peppers that would probably do well pickled.


On Sep 4, 2005, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bushy plants grew over 2 feet tall and produced loads of 2 to 3 inch peppers. The peppers are so cute when they turn bright orange, and they're very tasty, with a definite fruity citrus flavor (maybe a little like orange or pineapple? it's hard to say).


On Feb 10, 2005, Love2Troll from (Zone 5b) wrote:

Well worth growing. Mine were very hot for a C. annuum.


On Oct 7, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Open pollinated. Fruits are about 4 inches long, carrot shaped, green ripening to fluorescent-orange., (68 day)