Peppers by Mail offers Chocolate Fatalii Pepper seeds in packs of twenty or more seeds (20+). The Fatalii pepper is a cultivar of Capsicum chinense developed in Southern Africa. Like all capsicum varieties, it was developed from seed stock originating in in the Americas. It is believed to have been developed from a habanero variety. The Fatalii pepper carries about the same heat as a habanero, but provides more of a citrus favor under all that heat. The original Fatalii pepper was yellow. The chocolate fatalii seems to be a natural variant of the better known yellow. We feel the chocolate variety is the hottest of all fatalii colors.
Cultivation of Chocolate Fatalii Pepper Seeds
Chocolate Fatalii seeds germinate fairly well at room temperature, but a heating mat can improve germination rates. Given a full season, they can reach three feet in height. We have had the best productivity with a spacing of about two feet. Plants prefer well drained soil.
A fairly prolific plant. Chocolate fatalii produce pendulum pods which mature from a dark green to a rich brown / chocolate color. Pods range in size from two and a half to three and a half inches.
Origin of Chocolate Fatalii Pepper Seeds
All capsicum varieties can be traced back to the Americas. The yellow Fatalii pepper was first identified in Central to Southern Africa. Chocolate fatalii seems to be a natural variant of the better known yellow fatalii.
While direct trade between the Africa and the Americas has existed for some 400 years, It is most likely a cultivar developed by European colonists who transported seed from the spice trade with the Americas to Africa as part of an emerging industry.
At some point, trade in the chocolate fatalii pepper must have been interrupted. This is one of the peppers that would later be ‘discovered’ by our culture’s new found obsession with hot peppers.
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Read more about the Fatalii pepper at Wikipedia