Want a pepper that looks like the Habanero or Scotch Bonnet, but with less heat? Look no further than the Rocotillo Pepper! This is a very mild alternative to the Habanero for those who do not necessarily want a super-hot pepper, as it has a heat level of 1,500-2,000 SHUs. The peppers are popular in the Caribbean, that it’s even called Puerto Rico peppers because of how often they’re used there. The Rocotillo will grow to 1-inch long pods, and its appearance is a squished shape. Although the heat level is very mild, they will taste sweet and tropical. Rocotillos will ripen from green, orange, and then red.
You may encounter some confusion about its origin and history. The Rocotillo peppers appear to be varieties of both Capsicum Baccatum and Capsicum Chinense, but their origins differ! The Baccatum variety is from Peru, but it’s uncertain where the Chinense variety originated. To make it more confusing, it’s said the Baccatum originated in Peru, but was discovered in Puerto Rico years later. Although its origin and history are confusing, we do know these peppers are tasty! Get your hands on these Rocotillo pepper seeds today!
Fun Fact: the name Rocotillo is used locally to describe different peppers in different parts of the world.