Rocoto / Locoto - Red
Very cold tolerant, the Rocoto Red grows bigger than its yellow and orange counterparts. Purple flowers, leaves and black seeds make the Rocoto easily identifiable.
This plant originates from high in the Andes and it is the most cold tolerant of all the chilli varieties. It has purple flowers, hairy leaves and the fruit has black seeds, which makes this an easily distinguishable chilli. The pods grow very large - about the size of a roma tomato - with thick and fleshy skin. The plant itself grows more like a tree - up to 4m in height, with a woody stem and lives for upto 15 years.
Each year you can expect to pick about 20kg of chillies from each mature plant. The Scoville Heat Unit varies greatly - the milder sitting at about 30,000 Scoville Heat Units, with the hottest peaking at 250,000 Scoville Heat Units. There is also a yellow and orange variety.
|Germination Time||7 - 21 Days|
|Heat Level||Medium Heat|
|Sowing Method||Raise Seedlings|
|Plant Life Cycle||Annual|
|Frost Hardiness||Frost Tender|