A very popular, very sweet chilli pepper that is so mild it can be eaten whole off the bush.
The fruit are a beautiful, teardrop-shape, measuring just only 1.2 x 2.0cm in size. They start pale green and ripen to a stunning bright red. Add a wonderful fruity flavour and a crunchy texture, and you have the perfect snack for eating out-of-hand. All this on tidy, bushy plants that, for the most part, behave themselves. Though they do better in large pots, they can be grown in 1-2 litre pots.
The fruit are great in salads and stews. Thrown in whole, they can act as an intense “flavour bomb”! And if you like preserving produce, you can pickle these chillies whole for using all-year-round.
Of Brazilian origin, this chilli is known by several names. The two most common names are “Chupetinho” and “Biquinho”, but others include “pimenta de bico” and “chupetinha”. The fruit are sold in jars as pickled peppers, where they are called “Pearl” and “Roquito”, depending on the manufacturer.
Heat level: 400 SHU (very very mild)