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1" STARTER PLANT *Terracotta pot in photo sold separately. This is one hot little chile! The chiltepin is part of the Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum family, and is native to Arizona, Texas, Florida, New Mexico and Central and South America. In fact, chiltepin is the only wild chili native to the United States and is protected in several national parks. In addition, in 1997, Texas designated this little chili pepper the Official State Native Pepper of Texas! The name “chiltepin” is believed to be of Aztec origin and many experts believe that the chiltepin is the original wild chili from which all other chilies have evolved. Chiltepin chiles have a distinctive smoky bite with an upfront heat that dissipates quickly. These chiles tip the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) scale at between 100,000 and 250,000. The chiltepin has small round fruit that are slightly larger than peppercorns and are about 0.8 centimeters or 0.31 inches in diameter. The fruits themselves are often bright red or green in color, and grown on a bush that can grow up to four feet tall.
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