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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum baccatum 'Aji Brazilian Red Pumpkin'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aji Brazilian Red Pumpkin

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive chimayo On Jan 23, 2012, chimayo from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Aji Brazilian Red Pumpkin
Capsicum: Baccatum
Pods: roundish, often wrinkled
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Habit: bush
Origin: Bolivia
Seed: straw
Petals: white, yellow or tan spots
Plant height: 24-36"
PI: 441519
Calyx: none or small 5 teeth
Anther color: yellow
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Scoville units: 30,000-50,000
Fruit position: pendant or erect
Spots: green (yellow-brown)
Leaf texture: smooth
Fruit shape: oblate, elongate, round, conic, bell or mixed
Filament color: white
Fruit size and color: 1"L X 1"W green > orange > red
Stem: smooth
Germ. Time: 2 wk > 2 mo.
Blossom end shape: blunt
Maturity: 90 days

Very beautiful and very rare, this Brazilian origin peppers produces bright red, ridged fruits with a very hot flavor. Sturdy plants are heavy producers of the 1" fruits that resemble mini-pumpkins. Fruits ripen from green to orange-red then red and in fruit, this pepper is one of the prettiest you'll see in the garden. Local name pimento de cheiro.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 17, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A green to orange to red X 1inch pumpkin shaped hot pepper.

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