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Wild Chili Pepper – ‘Sombrero’

The Wild Chili Pepper ‘Sombrero’ (Capsicum frutescens) is a flowering plant in the Solanaceae family. It is also known as Tabasco Pepper. 

It is native to Central America and South America, particularly Mexico.

The berries are small, yellow or red tapered, elliptical-shaped fruit, growing up to 4 centimetres (1.5 inches) long and 3-7 millimetres (half-an-inch) wide. Unripe berries are green and they turn yellow and orange before ripening to bright red. The berries have a hot taste. 

The flowers are white with a greenish-white or greenish-yellow corolla.  

The Wild Chili Pepper ‘Sombrero’ blooms in spring and summer. 

Photographed in Paris, France, July 2023. 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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