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Capsicum baccatum "Madre Vieja"

Madre Vieja chilli plant

Madre Vieja

Madre Vieja pot


The ripe chillies look like a darker variant of Kellu Uchu, but the unripe fruits are much paler and the plants are more compact. It is also more productive, making it a superior alternative to Hot Lemon, Lemon Drop or Russian Yellow.

Madre Vieja is well suited to container growing and performs well in either a 3 litre (below) or a 7.5 litre (right) pot.

Madre Vieja pot


Better than Lemon Drop for making sauces as the chillies are much juicier, but equally good for drying of freezing. They also have a smoother shinier skin than most baccatum chillies.

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