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    Tepin (Chiltepin, Bird’s Eye, Bird Pepper)

    Tepin Peppers
    Tepin Peppers

    Tepin (Chiltepin, Bird's Eye, Bird Pepper)

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    Scovile Heat Scale

    Orange Habanero 150000 Scovilles
    This Pepper 75000 Scovilles
    Jalapeño 5000 Scovilles

    Scientific Classification
    Capsicum annuum

    Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles
    50000 - 150000

    There are dozens of varieties of Bird Peppers throughout the world. The two best known varieties in North America are Tepin and Pequin.

    The Tepin is native to southern North America and northern South America. Common names include chiltepin, chiltepe, and chile tepin, as well as turkey, bird’s eye, or simply bird peppers, due to their consumption and spread by wild birds. Some chile enthusiasts argue that the tepin can potentially be hotter than the habanero or red savina, supported with the numbers reported from Craig Dremann’s Pepper Hotness Test scores. However, since this pepper is harvested from wild stands in the Mexican desert, the heat level of the fruit can vary greatly from year to year. While the heat is intense, it is not very enduring.

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