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Firecracker Pequin Pepper

The Firecracker Pequin Pepper is rated between 50,000 to 100,000 on the Scoville heat scale. It comes from Mexico and Texas. They are very small in size with citrus smoky favor Sometimes pods range in color from cream, orange to purple. When they mature they are bright red.

It is not high on Scoville scale but is used in many dishes throughout the world. Some of these dishes are salsa, chili, soups, stews, and vinegar. Some consumers even add a few to salads. The peppers are dried and ground into a powder to be used as a seasoning. The spice can be added to the main entrees, salads, soups, and side dishes.

The pepper requires full sun and moderate watering. Plant after the threat of frost has passed. It needs a sandy loamy soil with a ph of 7.0 to 8.5. It does well in neutral or low alkaline soil. They should be planted about 1 month after the last frost date. When planting from seed plant about 2 inches apart at a depth of 2 inches. They take about 30 days to grow and can be planted in soil or pots.

They can be grown indoors under lights or in a green house. When purchasing from a grower check carefully for growing requirement. They grow best in warm temperatures from 80 to 90 degrees and warm nights about 70 degrees. When growing in containers they should often be transplanted to larger containers. Outdoors they need to have about 12 inches between them when they begin to cultivate. They can be ordered online from growers and nurseries.

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