A small, tapered firecracker pepper that slowly builds up heat as you eat it! The Malagueta pepper has a fruity aroma when you smell it, and then has a sweet, citrus yet bitter flavor when you take a bite. The Malagueta produces a bushy, dense plant with many, small peppers that measure to about an inch to two inches in length. Malaguetas are a staple in Brazil, Mozambique, and Portugal, and it is a very popular chili. The pepper has multiple names where the small pepper goes by PiriPiri in Mozambique and Portugal, and they are widely used in sauces, salsas, and poultry dishes. Just don’t get it confused with the name, as its name comes from an unrelated spice in West Africa called the “melegeuta.”
Fun Fact: There are two sizes seen in markets that will have different names. The large ones are called malaguetao in Brazil and malageuta in Portugal. Keep in mind that they are not different varieties, but just peppers of different maturities from the same plant.