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27 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 30,000 – 50,000 SHU

Yep, this is THAT pepper used to make that very famous hot sauce. It’s one of the most well known peppers next to the jalapeno. The fruit is tapered and under 2 inches long. The color is usually creamy yellow to red, and turn yellow and orange before ripening to bright red.

The tabasco pepper is a variety of chili pepper species Capsicum frutescens, like the Naga Jolokia. It’s a very pungent pepepr grown mostly in the Gulf Coast states.

The word, “tabasco”, is the name of a state in Mexico.


  1. Jake Tedesco

    Pedro, I did not harvest enough tabasco peppers this year to start my fermentation. Can you ship fresh or dried peppers? Thank you.

  2. Hello Folks
    I live in the pacific northwest and tried to grow tabasco peppers this year. Guess I know now why nobody up here grows them! hoping to find some place to purchase some fresh tabasco peppers. I had originally wanted to make pepper sauce as xmas gifts but hope to give them out next year. If you know of any place that sells them (not seeds) i would really appreciate the help. I’ve searched the internet several times and keep coming up empty.
    Thanks, Dave

    REPLY: Hi, Dave, you can check out the Plants resources page I have on the site. Here is the link. I hope it helps! https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/resources/chili-plants — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

    1. my website is not ready yet, but I have been growing Tabascos for years and make a great hot sauce that is becoming very popular here in Nashville, I grew up in Texas and always sold out within 2-3 months, but I can work something out with you on fresh peppers, I already know you can’t buy fresh tabascoes unless you buy it by the kiloton overseas and have to pay for shipping and taxes etc.etc. I am also on FB but don’t advertise my hot sauce on there

      1. Pedro,
        I would love to purchase some peppers if you have some available. Please send me an email with the specifics, and I will be happy to buy some from you. Dried is OK, fresh is best (but i understand that isn’t easy). I don’t need a Kiloton, but would be interested in something more like 10-20 lbs of dried peppers.

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