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Capsicum chinense "Machu Pichu"

Machu Pichu chillies

Machu Pichu

machu pichu plant


Dense, upright plants carry heavy crops of large dark brown chillies which become wrinkled at maturity. Very different from the familiar habanero and scotch bonnet types, it is easy to grow and early to crop. Grows particularly well in pots.

Not suprisingly, this excellent chilli hails from Peru.

machu pichu chilli plant


A very unusual Capsicum chinense cultivar with a rich umami flavour. Dries well and makes an excellent chilli powder. Umami from vegetables is chemically different from that derived from meat, and the two combined show a synergistic effect. Very good in red meat dishes where it intensifies the flavour.

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