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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Bulgarian Carrot'

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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)

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral daredevil 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.

Positive biro 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.

Positive Dorkasaurus 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.

Positive critterologist 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).

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

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

Neutral Farmerdill 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)


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

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