(6 uni) Rocoto Peppers

SKU: Chiles Rocoto (Empaque)

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Rocoto pepper, scientifically known as Capsicum pubescens, is a unique and intriguing chili variety originating from the Andean region of South America, particularly in Peru. This pepper stands out due to its distinct characteristics, making it easily recognizable.

Physical Description: Rocoto peppers are medium to large-sized, typically reaching 2 to 4 inches in diameter. They have a thick, crunchy flesh and a round, slightly wrinkled shape, resembling a bell pepper. What sets them apart is their vibrant colors, ranging from green, yellow, orange, to red when ripe. Unlike other chili species, Rocoto peppers have black seeds, adding to their exotic appearance.

Flavor Profile: In terms of flavor, Rocoto peppers offer a delightful combination of sweetness and heat. They have a slightly fruity, berry-like taste with a crisp and refreshing crunch, making them a popular choice in various culinary dishes.

Spice Level: Rocoto peppers are notably spicy, packing a punch that ranges between 30,000 to 100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This places them on par with or even hotter than some common jalapeño peppers. The heat level can vary based on factors like growing conditions and ripeness. Due to their spiciness, Rocoto peppers are often used in moderate quantities to add heat and flavor to dishes, and they are a staple in Peruvian cuisine where they are used in sauces and salsas. When handling Rocoto peppers, it’s essential to wear gloves to avoid skin irritation, as the capsaicin in these peppers can cause a burning sensation.

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