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Texas State Native Pepper

Chiltepin pepper plant - click to see all food symbols
Chiltepin pepper plant © Michael (trekr) on Flickr noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works. See All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays.

Chiltepin

Texas designated the chiltepin as the official state native pepper in 1997. The name "Chiltepin" is believed to be Aztec in origin. A tiny round berry slightly larger than a peppercorn. Experts believe the Chiltepin is the original wild chile - the plant from which all others have evolved.

The bush grows an average of 4 feet tall, but there are reports of plants growing 10 feet and living 25-30 years. Heat level: 8 on a scale of 10 - very hot.

Source:
History of Mexican & Tex-Mex Food: Food Timeline
Chiltepins: Jalapeno Cafe
Jalapeño: Texas has two state peppers!
Links:
Texas State Dish - Chili
All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays

    

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