Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper – Chiltepin

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Here is another hot little number. It may be small but it is very hot. They are 100,000-225,000 on the Scoville heat scale.

The Bird’s Eye Pepper is a  chili pepper that originated in Guyana. It has a slightly small and round shape, maturing to about a fourth of an inch wide and an inch long. Due to their small size, the fruits are easily spread by birds (if you know what I mean). That is why they were so named. The Bird’s Eye will be a light shade of green, and then turn to a hue of orange, to a vibrant red upon fully maturing. The plants themselves, if happy, can get to 4 feet tall.

Using Bird’s Eye Peppers

Bird’s Eye peppers are widely used in the seasoning of fish or other seafood. Medically, they have many benefits; easing pain of arthritis, treating conditions of the stomach, relieving gas, and toothaches.

These peppers can also be used in your garden. Dried and ground into powder, they can be mixed with water and used as a repellent for insects or a pesticide.

Always be extra careful when handling these and other hot chilis. Use gloves, wash your hands with a soap that works on oils, such as Dawn and keep your hands away from your face. You will regret it if you don’t!

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