|Rocoto Peppers (Orange)|
The first summer this frail-looking plant brought forth fuzzy green leaves and tiny purple flowers that turned into small walnut-sized fruits that eventually turned orange. I discovered that it was a rocoto pepper plant. It's a perennial that requires some support, but I didn't give it too much thought because it was a relatively small plant about the size of a normal pepper plant. The peppers had a medium heat, but like most hot peppers they made me cough uncontrollably. The process of dicing hot peppers always gets me.
This summer, after being dormant for the winter, I decided it needed a larger pot and to thank me it turned into a tree. The peppers are double the size this year--about the size of small apples. I've had to cut back some of the branches to restrain it and I'll be looking for someone who wants an unusual pepper for their salsa. Ah, yes, beware of daughters bearing pepper plants.
|Rocoto Bush (perennial)|