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The Lemon Drop Pepper

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The lemon drop pepper is an incredibly hot heirloom pepper. The lemon drop pepper originated in Peru. The color is bright yellow and lemon drop peppers grow to 2 1/2 inches long. This hot pepper is a popular spice used in Peru and throughout the world.  It is known as Kellu Uchu in Peru.

This is an excellent, easy to grow pepper that has a unique taste. When you want a citrus flavored pepper with a lot of power, the lemon drop pepper is a great choice.

Taste and Smell

The lemon drop pepper has a citrus-like flavor, and it is also referred to as a “hot lemon”.


It’s easy to grow the lemon drop pepper in a container garden. The plants grow thick. Plants grow to a height of two feet and a width of two feet. The pepper plant becomes covered with the lemon peppers.

This plant does not need pollination, so it is possible to grow a lemon drop pepper plant indoors. The plant needs full sun to reach its full potential.

Each pepper contains about 15 seeds that can be replanted to grow another pepper plant.

Peppers are ready for harvest 100 days after transplantation. The plant yields a significant number of peppers and there are a number of ways you can preserve these hot, tasty peppers.

Culinary Uses

Simply drying the peppers, you can use the dried pepper flakes in any recipe you want to spice up. This is a pepper for the person that loves hot food, and it can be used in many different dishes.

You can also take the fresh peppers and make a lemon drop hot pepper sauce. There are a number of recipes around, but overall it comes down to personal preference. Remove seeds from the peppers before cooking.

Once the peppers are cooked, mix the cooked peppers, a little olive oil, cumin, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Blend the mixture and strain so that you have a smooth texture.

Other good ingredients to add are salt, garlic powder and honey, but this recipe takes experimentation to perfect. The lemon drop pepper is hot, so you might prefer additional honey in the hot sauce.

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