Growing Brazilian Starfish Peppers

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Squashed tomato or brazilian starfish pepper

Captivated by their unusual shape, that of a sea star, we decided to try growing this unique chili pepper in the backyard garden! Unlike many ornamental peppers that have sacrificed flavor for looks, this pepper tastes delicious too.

Lumpy pepper bottom

Scoville Heat Unit (SHU): 10,000 - 30,000

12x hotter than a Jalapeno

Capsicum Baccatum

This pepper originated in Peru, but it was domesticated in Brazil. The fruits presents with a medium heat, with floral and fruity notes. Ripe peppers grow to around 2 inches in diameter, and turn from green to a vivid red color. The plants are strong and grow well, having an almost weeping, vine-like habit.

Once this plant gets growing, it's quite prolific, churning out many peppers. One plant can produce dozens of peppers.

Also, this pepper is tasty enough to use raw! Dice them up for salsa or salads, like a you would do with a jalapeno pepper.

Lovely peppers!