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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper
Capsicum baccatum 'Ubatuba Cambuci'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: baccatum (BAK-ah-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Ubatuba Cambuci

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

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

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kiyzersoze On Sep 2, 2014, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is the best pepper I have ever eaten!!! Just when you think, "hmmm... this is gonna get HOT", it turns sweet. Just got some seeds and can't wait to have it in my garden. Same as Bishop's Crown but with less heat. The 3 flaps of the fruits have no heat at all and can be extracted and eaten fresh. Center part of fruit is hot, be careful. Plant produces good yields of 2" long by 2" wide bell shaped hot peppers. Peppers have a mild spicy flavor and turn from light green to red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers with greenish-yellow markings. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 273420. A variety from South America.This plant is often grown solely for its fruits which are actually often mistaken for flowers. Also a great ornamental. 80-100 days. I HIGHLY RECOMMED THIS PEPPER!!

Positive DanCarmona On Dec 1, 2012, DanCarmona from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Uba Tuba
Capsicum: Baccatum
Developed in: Brazil
PI: 441551
Scoville units: 100-500
Blossom end shape: blunt, sunken
Fruit position and shape: pendant ,bell
Fruit size and color: 3"-4"L green > red
Calyx shape: none or 5 small teeth, cup or saucer, mixed
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: green (yellow-brown)
Filament color: white
Anther color: yellow
Habit: bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Germ. Time: 2 wk > 2 mo.
Maturity: 90 days
Plant height: 24 > 36"
Taste: .."citrusy" "fruity"
This very unusual pod shaped variety is believed to have been transferred from South America to Europe by the Portuguese in the 18th century and is actually part of the species Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum. The plants are quite large growing 3 to 4 ft tall and produce 30 to 50 pods. The flesh of each pod is thin although crisp to taste. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild. PI 441551 refers to Chapeu de Frade a close cousin.
Credits & Sources:thechileman Uba Tuba CPI Uba Tuba

Neutral jleigh On Apr 16, 2008, jleigh from Ballston Lake, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I started a few seeds shortly after Christmas. Out of 6 seeds 4 germinated and were transplanted into pots. They have been in a window waiting for spring and have already grown over a foot tall.
The plants themselves have a really strong odor, very hot and pepper-y. No word on the peppers though, will have to wait a little while longer for them to come about.

All in all I'm impressed with the spunk of this plant. It even survived two days in near freezing temperatures when we first moved it to the new house. (Someone thought the emergency shut off to the boiler was a light switch.)

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 22, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A hot green to red1 ¾ X 2 ¾ inch 3 lobed hat shaped pepper.


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

Pompano Beach, Florida
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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