Hello Pepper Lovers!

Welcome

Hello Pepper Lovers!  Welcome to all things Chiltepin.  We are a Texas family obsessed with growing, harvesting and utilizing these tiny gems that pack a punch.  Many people know very little about chiltepins, including Texans surprisingly, even though it is the official native pepper of our fine state.

We are Jacqui and Mike.  We first learned of the pepper on Jacqui’s parents’ retirement property in Schulenberg Texas.  It grew wild on the outskirts of their treelines.  They identified it as a Chili Pequin, which is what all the locals call it.  The true chili pequin is more oblong and pointy at the end, and the plants on their property were definitely chiltepin.  However it is so much more fun to say “chileeeee pekeeeeeen” with a texas twang.  Try it out!  The only way to make “chiltepin” roll off the tongue is to call it a “chillll-tepeeen”.  Not so great. That’s our theory as to the misnomer in “these here parts”.

Anyhow, we dug up one of these wild plants and transported it to far north Dallas (zone 7b).  This started the journey of our crazy obsession.  That was about ten years ago.  We decided that it is time to share all our knowledge and experience with anyone who is curious….

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4 Responses to Hello Pepper Lovers!

  1. mike burnett says:

    Hello,

    I have 2 plants in pots. I live in Lewisville. Do I need to bring plants in this winter for them to survive?

    • Jacqui says:

      Hello there, neighbor! Just got back from a Thanksgiving trip. I hope your plants survived the frost that I heard we had the other day. The plants are tough. You have a couple of options. Keep them out through the winter most of the warm days and just pull them in on freezing night/days, and you will keep the plants healthy and green. Or, stash them in the garage or in the house, and they will probably drop all or some of their leaves and the plant will go semi-dormant. Then in the spring, you can set it out again. I have mine in the ground, and they die back to the ground in the winter and come back up in the spring, just like any other perennial plant. Your chiltepin’s root system will be a bit more exposed to the cold , being in a pot, so you need to take a bit more care, but they are tough and should make it, unless we go into the twenties or something. Good luck!

  2. James Price says:

    Thank you for all the information that you share. I am new to the chiletepin world. I have 8 plants started that are about 2 months old,3/4 inch tall and do no seem to be growing at all. I live in north dallas and would like to know if you have any plants to sell.

    • Jacqui says:

      I need more info: Are you keeping them indoors or outdoors? As long as they are showing some green in the stems, then you should be good. They are truly heat lovers. They will explode with growth as soon as the temperature warms up, and they have tons of light. I am sorry to everyone that I haven’t posted in a long time. I need to post this week and show a pic of my dormant plants that are outdoors, in the ground in North Dallas. They look like a dead bunch of sticks, but in a few weeks they will start greening up. Kind of like Lantana, or any other perennial :)

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