Perhaps as long ago as five thousand years, the native Guatemalans first began to cultivate this pepper. The Mayan Cobanero Love Pepper, deriving its name from its brilliant red color, has been used in cooking ever since. However, this pepper should not be used by the faint of heart.
The Love Pepper is one of the spicier peppers in the world. Growing to be a vivid red and nearly and inch long the love pepper packs a particular punch. Using the accepted rating scale, Scoville units, we find that the Mayan Cobanero Love Pepper has a range of 50,000 to 100,000. To put that in perspective, a jalapeno only has a range of 2,000 to 8,000. The Love Pepper is spicy enough that it is highly recommended that gloves and a mask are employed while cutting or preparing them.
The growth of the pepper is particularly easy as the plant is particularly hardy and can survive in most conditions. Some even argue that this plant does best while being neglected. The plant grows to be about one foot high and can produce up to 300 peppers per harvest. This makes the pepper a good investment for those who wish to grow it themselves.
The Love Pepper is relatively rare as not many can handle the level of spice, but is still available. It is regularly used as an ingredient in hot sauce as well as traditional Guatemalan dishes. The Mayan Cobanero Love Pepper is one of the spiciest peppers in the world, but the adventure is well worth the risk.
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