Also nicknamed Lady’s Little Finger, the Dedo de Moca is a staple in Brazilian cuisine. It has a wonderful flavor that is perfect to use fresh, cooked, or dried that you’ll be glad to have this growing in your garden. The Dedo de Moca pepper plant will grow to be tall and gangly that produces 2-3 inches long pepper pods. You can expect a medium heat with fruity, smoky flavor from this South American pepper. With its medium heat, it will have a punchy, stingy heat that hits all over your mouth and lingers for a while. This is a plant that is super easy to grow, and its shape is identical to the Lemon Drop pepper. Use the Dedo de Moca pepper to make a sauce or powder, or to use in rice, stew, chili, and curry!
Make sure to observe its unique maturing stage because it ripens from yellow, green, then it cycles to yellow before turning orange, and finally a red color. What a rollercoaster! With a heat level of 10,000-15,000 SHUs, it’s not a very hot pepper but provides the hint of heat some pepper lovers may prefer.
Fun Fact: When in its dried format, it’s known in Brazil as Pimenta-Calabresa.
Species: Capsicum Baccatum
Heat Level: 10,000-15,000 + SHUs
Origin: Brazil/South America
Days to Harvest: 75-90+ Days
# of Seeds per Packet: 10+ Pepper Seeds