Hot Pepper 'Jamaican Hot Chocolate'

Capsicum chinense

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Jamaican Hot Chocolate
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Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Extremely Hot (above 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Round

Twisted

Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to brown

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Drying

Pickling

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 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:

Can be grown as an annual

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Florence, Kentucky

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

East Elmhurst, New York

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Elgin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 22, 2011, J_C_ from Oakbrook, KY wrote:

This is a hybrid, cross between Chocolate Habanero and Clavo peppers. The plant produces 2-3" long fruit shaped more like a Clavo than a Habanero (thin and pointed with ribs and large wrinkles). The pictures provided on this webpage are not of a Chocolate Jamaican, they are of a plain chocolate habanero.

I'd estimate heat level at about 200,000 scoville units, and a distinctive smoky flavor. That flavor is their most desirable quality. The plants reach 24-36 inches tall (or more, mine were root bound in pots and exceeded 24 inches quite early in the season), more sparsely populated with smaller leaves than the typical habanero varieties and only moderate fruit producer... still a lot of fruit but less than the average for chinense relatives.

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On Nov 11, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An 85 day brown when ripe Habernero.

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