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Capsicum annuum

Birds eye chili

Cabe rawit



Capsicum anuum, Birds eye chili, Cabe rawit

Most sources state that the birdseye is Capsicum frutescens, making it a relative of the tabasco chile. Depending on growing conditions, the plants range in height from one and a half to four feet tall, and are usually very bushy. The leaves vary in length from 1 � to 3 inches and in width from � inch to 1 inch. The fruits generally measure between 1/2 and 1 inch long and taper to a blunt point. Immature pod color is green, mature The plants are perennial and sometimes produce for three years before they are plowed under. Growing birdseye chiles is very labor-intensive and they require hand-picking. The pods are picked when they are bright red and 2 or less centimeters (3/4 inch) long. A single plant yields about 300 grams (2/3 pound) of fresh Culinary Usage
Take care in using African birdseye chiles in the kitchen because of the extreme pungency of the pods. You would not, for example, want to make a hot sauce out of a cup of the pods and some vinegar. However, they can be used in marinades, as the following recipe shows.
pods.color is bright red.