Species: Capsicum frutescens


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Species Capsicum frutescens
Origin Thailand
Scoville Unities 30.000 - 50.000
Pungency Degree 6
Unripe Color Verde
Ripe Color Vermelha
Length 30 - 40 mm
Diameter 5 - 10 mm

General Info

Thai chili peppers have low amount of pulp and its pungency effect can last longer than any other chili pepper varieties, thus becoming an unique characteristic to this variety. As it occurs on most chili peppers from the Capsicum frutescens species, Thai chili peppers usually grow pointing upwards.


Thai seeds germinate generally after 18 days. Thai plants can take more than 90 days to reach their ripe state and they are highly used as ornamental plants.

Gastronomy Tips and info

Thai chili peppers are used commonly on asian recipes, mainly from Southeast Asia. They are used dry and not recommended to be fried directly.