Lemon Drop Hot Pepper

Certified Organic Seed

Capsicum baccatum

Peruvian pepper with flavorful bright heat.

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Collected in one of the vibrant farmers markets in Lima, the seeds of this unusual hot pepper found their way into the hands of William Woys Weaver and the Roughwood Seed gardens. According to Weaver, the bright lemon yellow color and waxy citrus-like texture of this pepper, originally known as Aji Lima, inspired name changes from Lima, to Limón, to Lemon Drop. With exceptional flavor and cayenne-range heat, this pepper spices a dish without overwhelming it—and makes a striking yellow hot sauce.

Its habit is incredibly vigorous, forming big, tall, strongly upright plants that are naturally lush. Each plant tends to bear heavily (one plant is plenty for the home gardener!), its branches laden with dozens of small, waxy-skinned fruit that turn from light green in mid-season to golden yellow at ripeness. The flavor of each is exceptional: truly citrusy and suitable for spicing a dish without overwhelming it. If you like a bit of heat, one pepper is enough for a pot of chili; use more if you are a fiend

Lemon Drop takes a few weeks longer to mature than your average garden pepper, but it's well worth the wait!

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Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost in very warm spot (80 degrees is ideal). Keep seedlings in a well-ventilated place at 70+ degrees and do not over water. Transplant outdoors in full sun into rich, well drained soil after threat of frost has passed. Peppers can tolerate dryness and heat, but need moderate water to produce fruit and prefer to be watered at the base.

Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 100 from transplant
Planting Depth ½"
Spacing in Row 24"
Spacing Between Rows 24"
Height at Maturity 36"
Width at Maturity 24"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Sandra Urie. This vibrant work is painted upon a base created with pyrography, the art of etching patterns into wood with a hot metal pen. Based in Texas, Sandra was born in Argentina. She uses pyrography in combination with paint and high-intensity inks.

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