Bishop’s Crown Pepper

Bishop’s Crown Pepper


Scientific Classification

Capsicum baccatum

Heat rating in Scovilles:

5000 – 15000

This variety has many names: Bishop’s Cap, Joker’s Hat, Friar’s Hat, Orchid, Christmas Bell, Balloon Pepper, Pimenta Cambuci, Campane, Ubatuba Cambuci, Aji Flor, to name a few!

The Bishop’s Crown Pepper is named for its distinct shape resembling a Bishop’s Crown. Although this variety can be found in Barbados, it may be indigenous to South America. Today, it is also found in Europe, possibly brought there from Brazil by the Portuguese sometime in the 18th century.

These plants are fairly easy to grow. They grow to about 3 to 4 ft tall and produce flying saucer-like 1 ½” – 2″ wide pods. The flesh of each pod is thin but crisp. They mature from green to red.

RELATED: The Mad Hatter pepper is a hybrid variation of a Bishop’s Crown, with superior plant vigor and higher yield than the open-pollinated varieties.

TASTE: This is a mild pepper with a sweet and apple-like fruity flavor. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild.

HOW TO USE THEM: The flavor of these peppers makes them great for salads and salsas. Their unique shape also allows for several stuffed pepper recipes.

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