Selling for very high prices to Lima’s best chefs, this pepper is the most expensive in the world! The north Peruvian jungle native is a wild bushy plant which produces hundreds of hot, small (.25 inch), round Tepin-like peppers. It has a distinct fruity, citrus aroma and is equal in heat to a cayenne pepper. Due to its rarity and hefty prices, it is often known as the "Mother of All Chilis" and is very hard to source outside of Peru. Most often it is used as a powder. When used fresh it is known to have a strong fruity flavor that gives salsas and sauces a unique tropical taste.
Photo Credit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds