Approximate heat level: 50SHU
Beautiful, teardrop-shaped fruit that ripen from a light green to a stunning bright red. The fruit are small (only 1.2 x 2.0cm in size), very very mild (a mere 50 SHUs) and beautiful. Add a wonderful fruity flavour and a crunchy texture, and you have the perfect snack for eating out-of-hand. All this on tidy, bushy plants that, for the most part, behave themselves. Though they do better in large pots, they can be grown in 1-2 litre pots.
The fruit are great in salads and stews. Thrown in whole, they can act as an intense "flavour bomb"! And if you like preserving produce, you can pickle these chillies whole for using all-year-round.
Of Brazilian origin, this chilli is known by several names. The two most common names are "Chupetinho" and "Biquinho", but others include "pimenta de bico" and "chupetinha". They are often pickled in vinegar and sugar, and sold in jars, where they may be called "Pearl" and "Roquito", depending on the manufacturer. We, at Sea Spring Seeds, use the name "Biquinho" for this very mild version, and "Chupetinho" for a hotter version we also sell.
Approximate number of seed per pack: 15
At Sea Spring Seeds we also sell Biquinho Yellow, a yellow version of the Biquinho pepper. This variety is identical in shape, flavour and size to Biqhinho Red, only (surprizingly!) differing in the colour of the ripe fruit, which are yellow.
We also sell another variety called Chupetinho. In appearance it is identical to Biquinho Red – i.e. plants are the same shape and size, and the fruit are the shape, size and flavour. However, Chupetinho is a hot chilli, whereas Biquinho Red is almost heatless.