I love the look of Tepin plants. The berry shaped fruit is small and grows in bunches that remind me of cherries. 🙂

The fruit starts of dark green and then turns dark purple on its way to red. It grows wild and this has led to it being called the ‘mother of all chilis’. You will get a lot of fruit during the summer months.


I have only eaten this raw in salads and haven’t cooked with it. The initial punch hits you on the back of the throat and then the side of the mouth. It has a tangy almost sweet after taste.

Pepper Heads For Life puts it at a mere 300,000 SHU.






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Fruiting Months:

November to March

Please see my Grow It Perth calendar.


This chili is very low maintenance.

I use a mid range nitrogen and high potassium fertiliser regime during the summer months. Soil is improved with compost and manure and has a ~5-10% by weight of clay to sand ratio. Drainage is good.

I usually spray my chili plants with Dipel and pyrethrum (my go to natural insecticide spray) if I notice grub damage to the pods. The tomato grub in particular likes the larger fleshier chilis like the Trinidad Scorpion.

GICICI Chili Plants

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Related Links:
  • see more posts about growing chilis here
  • see more cooking with chili posts here
  • go to all meal ingredients here

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