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23 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 15,000-30,000 SHU

This bright yellow, citrus-flavored chile is also known as Kellu Uchu in Peru, where it originated. The pods grow to 2-3 inches long and ½ inch wide with wrinkled skin. Its unique lemon taste has caught the attention of those who love the citrus flavor of habanero but just can’t quite handle the intense heat. The Lemon Drop is a fantastic substitute. Although the heat is intense, it does not linger. Instead, it leaves behind the nice, lemony flavor.

The Lemon Drop can be used in just about any type of dish, especially soups and stir-fries, or the chiles can be dried to grind into a hot powdered spice. They are not often found in stores, but may sometimes be found at farmer’s markets. Many people also grow them at home, often from seeds purchased on the internet.


  1. I had a fabulous bush up here in Prescott. The taste is , well. OOH LA LA! I have so many other oeppers right now that I can’t use them up fresh (some are even fermenting with the others hoping to turn into hot sauce) that I’m hoping to dry some, but haven’t really been able to find much about that. Did you have any left over? If so, what did you do with them?
    Knowing you I will finish by adding that I don’t have a dehydrator 🙂

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Ted – I have so many peppers left over every year, and I cook with them constantly! Some ideas to use them up include making hot sauce, jelly/jam, chili paste, sauce, or you can just freeze them. I process some and freeze them in baggies or a freeze a chili paste. Or freeze them chopped or whole. I definitely dry them, so do recommend a dehydrator for making powders or just storing them in the pantry. Try pickling as well. So many ideas! Happy to help more!

  2. Great germination rate. Tried Lemon drop and 3other variaties , Lemon drop was the best , 80% germinated, 60% good plants. Just waiting to taste them ????????????????????

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Barry, excellent. Yes I LOVE the Lemon Drop chili peppers. Great flavor and they’re very productive.

  3. What type of grocery store might stock lemon drop peppers. Very interested but don’t know where to search. Thanks for any ideas!

    REPLY: Bev, I find it best to order seeds or seedlings and grow them at home. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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