The Red Rocoto is a large red fruit that belongs to the pubescens family. These chillies have unusual hairy characteristics on the stem and leaves as well as black seeds inside the pod. Medium in heat. The flowers are purple in colour. The plant spreads outwards. A little harder to germinate and grow than other chillies but well worth the effort as it will winter over well in cooler areas and provide fruit well into winter.
Of all the domesticated species of peppers, this is the least widespread and systematically furthest away from all others. It is reproductively isolated from other species of the genus Capsicum. A very notable feature of this species is its ability to withstand cooler temperatures than other pepper plants.