‘Delicious & huge chillies’
The Rocoto p360 is an amazing variety of the Rocoto Chilli, which is native to Bolivia and Peru. You will find them with different names eg Locoto in Bolivia, Rocoto in Peru and Manzano in Mexico. Manzano means apple and we find it’s a very true description, because the chilli plant looks like an apple tree and the pods look like little apples, both in look and consistency.
The Pubescens species has some very interesting characteristics:
- The stems and leaves are hairy (Pubescens is Latin and means reach puberty, become hairy or botanically it means covered with fine short hair)
- Contains more Dihydrocapsaicin than capsaicin resulting in a different burn.
- The flowers have blue/violet petals
- The seeds are black
- The species is more resistant to cold than other species. They are adapted to 4-21 degrees Celsius
Rumor says this variety can live up to 15 years and be up to four-meters in height, which gives an almost tree-like appearance.
The pods are huge and weighs between 62-137 grams. Alomost the size of a tennis ball, contain black seeds and are very thick walled. They start off green and end up a warm yellow colour, when they are fully mature.
Flavour wise: Sweet and juicy, plus very firm and thick in consistency
Heat level: Upper mid heat with a really deep all over burn. The hottest of the Pubescens varieties.