Manzano Yellow

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Manzano Yellow
Classification C. pubescens
Type chili, rocoto
Fruit color yellow
Fruit shape round
Fruit size small
Heat level very hot
Scoville Heat Units (SHU) 100,000–350,000
Maturity late
Variety type heirloom, open-pollinated
Country Peru
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Manzano Yellow (2) - sliced fruit. 2014-09-20.


(C. pubescens) It is a perennial pepper that is rather cold tolerant and can survive mild frosts. Plants grow to 2-6', can overwinter in mild climates and live for many years. Plants do not like heat, and should be shaded in hotter climates. Leaves and steams are hairy, and not glossy as other pepper species. Purple blossoms are small and so pretty. Unusual black seeds that may not germinate very well, even if they are very fresh. It does not self-pollinate, so you need to grow at least 3-6 plants to ensure good cross-pollination. Produces the most in its 2nd or 3rd year, so it is best to overwinter. In our area, plants start blooming in early August in the first year, but set very few fruits.

Seed source:

1. Pepper Gal 13 (crossed)
2. Alex Popovich, Langley, BC, Canada 14 (seedling)

Year grown: 2013(1), 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • Very old pepper variety from Andes region of Peru.
  • This pepper is a rocoto tree pepper relative and is noted for its cold hardiness. It naturally grows on Andean mountain slopes, and can survive mild frosts. Perennial.
  • 'Manzano' means 'apple'.

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