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Apr 24, 2005 10:55 PM

Chili Pequin and Tepin

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Two chili-related questions:

• Is there a difference between the pequin and tepin chilies? They’re both extremely hot and small. (Also, sometimes it’s spelled “chiltepin.”)

Pictures of these chilies:

• Is there a good source to order seeds for either or both types of chili peppers? It would be nice to grow some this summer.

If you’re not familiar with these peppers, they are astonishingly utterly spectacularly good. And they’re hot too.


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  1. Try this website, Very good source, and very reliable.


    Link: http://www.peppermania.com

    1. At two of the places I previously lived in Austin there were wild chiltecpin plants that produced lots and lots of peppers year after year. They looked just like the peppers labelled "tepin" and "chiltepin" in your pictures. The piquin or chilepiquin as shown in the third picure is the same size and has the same flavor, but is elongated in shape as opposed to the nearly spherical chiltecpin. I tried to propagate some of mine without success, and I have read that they are extremely difficult to cultivate. They are absolutely wonderful in flavor, and I wish you great success in growing them.