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Chili Pequin or what is called the Bird Pepper in South Texas...........
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 06:59AM
A few weeks ago, Debbie asked me to get her some Bird Peppers next time I went to Leon Creek. She uses these peppers, along with Jalapenos when she makes up a batch of Salsa. These hot little peppers are also called Chili Pequin peppers and they grow wild down here in South Texas, but many folks now grow them in their back yards in small gardens or large plant containers. Birds love to eat these small peppers and will spread the seeds in their droppings.

Last week I drove over to Leon Creek with a large zip lock bag and got Debbie some of these Bird Peppers. There are several areas at the old Melton Ranch where there are a few large patches of these small peppers. These pepper plants stay green year round and will grow up to four feet tall. You do have to be careful when you pick them because if you have any cuts or scratches on your hands, they will burn you just like when you eat them. As a matter of fact, don't ever try to eat one without lots of water available to drink because they are ten times hotter than a Jalapenos pepper. Like a lot of peppers the color determines how hot it is mild and red is the hottest. When Debbie wants to make a mild Salsa, she will use the green ones, and she will use the red ones when making a hot Salsa.

I am posting a couple of pictures of the Bird Peppers. Kelley (Texas)

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/24/2010 07:01AM by Kelley (Texas).

Every year I grow hot peppers...And every year...
Posted by: Mikie
Date: October 24, 2010 07:23AM
I try to get a batch hotter than the previous year. I had some habeneros last year, Jalapenos the year before, Kung Pow this year.. I think that the Kung pow just MIGHT be hot enough. I like a mildly hot pepper... but we have friends who absolutely love them as hot as are able.
The fellow, George, can eat a pepper whole and say that it is starting to get hot enough. :):

But this year, he tried one of the newest batch, and declared that it was MOST CERTAINLY HOT... then he gulped down a quantity of milk to assuage his burning tongue. :):

I will have to get some of yours Fred, and give them a try.

Going to try for some arrowheads today.. wish me luck

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Re: Chili Pequin or what is called the Bird Pepper in South Texas...........
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 24, 2010 07:37AM
Mom always had a pint jar with some of those little fire-balls in vinegar on the table.
Dad was especially fond of them and as a youngster I kept away from them.
One tentative test was enough to convince me that they weren't for me.

As an old guy now I enjoy a variety of milder peppers, but when they get so hot that the hurt over-powers the flavor I pass.

Thank you Fred for the memories,


Re: Chili Pequin or what is called the Bird Pepper in South Texas...........
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 24, 2010 08:04AM
I have a friend who grows them here Kelly. They are my favorite pepper to make salsa with. The taste of them is great!


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/24/2010 08:11AM by buck.

Mike, the day that I gathered the Bird Peppers, I found the back half..........
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 08:34AM
of an arrowhead. After all these years of arrowhead hunting, I still get excited when I find one or part of one. Please let me know what you find today!

The Bird Pepper grows wild down here in South Texas and I have always just taken them for granted. Now I am getting interested in them and will be planting some over in the corner of the back yard. I have also thought about planting a wild plum tree, but the birds make a mess when they eat them and I do not want purple colored bird dropping all over this yard. It seems to me that the folks now days do not know about gathering up Bird Peppers, wild plums, black and blue berries and even native pecans, they just buy everything at the grocery stores. Kelley (Texas) :)

Cupajo, I still remember the time that Mother, my younger brother and I went down near.........
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 09:00AM
Skelly Creek to gather some Black Berries that turned into a nightmare for me. When my bucket was about half full, my hands were getting tired of holding it so I decided to put it on the ground and rest for a minute or two. As I was putting it down, there beside me was one of the biggest snakes that I had ever seen. I do not know what type it was, do know it was not a rattlesnake, but it scared the fire out of me. As far as I was concerned, my Black Berry picking day was over, but Mother had a different opinion and I continued picking the berries, but at a different area of the berry patch. On the way home, Mother decided that we would gather some Bird Peppers too! The "we" ended up to be "me" picking the peppers off the plant. Well, my hands were chewed up from picking the Black Berries and by the time I was done picking the peppers off the plant, my hands were on fire. When we arrived home my hands were still burning. Those were some great times in my life! Kelley (Texas) :)

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I remember trying to find somewhere to buy some of them
Posted by: Royal
Date: October 24, 2010 09:01AM
for my garden years ago. I read about them in my Organic Gardening book and they said if you put three in a gallon of chilli it was perfect. If you put 4 in you would have to throw the chilli away :D I never did find any. That was the days before the web so I can probably find them now. Thanks for the reminder.

My wife always said she could eat any pepper and I was convinced she could. A Mex at work took a trip to Texas and I asked if he would bring me a few back. He did and I gave them to Carol. She bit into that little sucker and the look on her face was priceless as she ran to the sink for water :D


Buck, I like them better than Jalapenos, and Salsa is not the same without them.........
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 09:09AM
I remember one time that Debbie used too many when making Salsa and I just had a difficult time eating it. By the way, they are great when making chilli on a cold, wet winter day too! Kelley (Texas) :)

Royal, I keep thinking that you built a nice garden box there at Roscommon............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 09:24AM
Correct? Are you still using it? What are you planting in it? I do not know how the Bird Pepper/Chili Pequin would grow up there in Michigan. They tend to stay green all year long down here with an abundance of peppers. Your cold weather might kill the plant during the winter up there, but I would think that you could grow some in a large plant container and some way protect it from the cold, maybe bring the plant indoors during the winter. What do you think? Kelley (Texas) :)

Yeah, the box (as I call it) is working great
Posted by: Royal
Date: October 24, 2010 09:31AM
We had tomatos, strawberrys, rubarb, squash, and one pepper plant and they all grew great. Next year I am not going to grow strawberries as they take too much room up for a few berrys that I can buy cheaply.

I doubt the Texas Peppers would winter but I figure I could plant them new every spring and save some for seed. I just might pot a few to see if they would do well in the house. Maybe a few pots would look good on the deck rail in the summer. I don't know. I am gonna do a google and see if I can find some for next spring.


Royal, when you plant tomatoes next year, pour a tea spoon of sugar.............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 09:46AM
down the hole before you fill it with soil. This will prevent most diseases and your tomatoes will be beautiful. Also, the problem with growing strawberries is that you must rotate the rows every year because they use up all the nitrogen in the soil, plus the deer will eat them. Kelley (Texas) :)

I will try the sugar for sure but
Posted by: Royal
Date: October 24, 2010 09:57AM
the strawberries take up too much room in the box. There just is no room. The deer don't destroy anything in my garden. They don't really care to get electrocuted :D


Nice pictures of them...
Posted by: George-CT
Date: October 24, 2010 12:30PM
I like them but not real hot. When the heat over powers the taste, they loose if for me. Was a time I liked them pretty hot. ONe fo the guys used to bring in these red ones, stuff with something. He was Italian and would bring in gallon jars of them.... I got where I could handle those pretty well. Now, I tend to avoid them. I changed over to the horse radish....Been on that kick for a few years....
Peppers now to me are the big green bell peppers stuff.... Like those... I know you Texas folks like that hot stuff, but way hotter than I can handle...


:biggrin: You guys can have the hot peppers..........
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: October 24, 2010 02:15PM
mild ones i like and i cannot eat hot peppers at all! I figure if it hurts it ain't good for me:shrug:

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Wayne, were you aware that the Bird Peppers and a few other hot peppers..............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 24, 2010 02:33PM
are good for treating Arthritis pain and Diabetic Neuropathy? Also, always remember that the green colored peppers are milder than the red colored ones? The red ones are the hottest ones. Kelley (Texas) :)

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