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Nepalese Bell

Nepalese Bell  (Capsicum baccatum)

Nepalese Bell
Capsicum: Baccatum
Origin: Brazil
PI: 497974
Scoville units: 100-500
Blossom end shape: mixed
Fruit position and shape: pendant, oblate
Fruit size and color: 1-1/2" X 1-1/4" green > red
Calyx shape: cup shaped
Flower: erect, rotate, small
Petals/Spots: white/yellow or tan spots
Filament color: white
Anther color: yellow
Habit: bush
Stem: smooth
Leaves: smooth, relatively small
Germ. Time: 2 wk. > 2 mo.
Maturity: 90 days
Plant height: 24 < 36"
Taste: .."citrusy" "fruity"
Uses:·condiment, garnish, salsa
Napalese Bell is a kissing cousin to Chapeu de Frade. This very unusual pod shaped variety is believed to have been transferred from South America to Europe by the Portuguese in the 18th century. The plants are quite large growing 3 to 4 ft tall and produce 30 to 50 extremely weird 3 or 4 flat winged, wrinkled almost flying saucer like 1 ½" wide pods. The flesh of each pod is thin although crisp to taste and they mature from green to red approximately 90-100 days after seedlings have emerged. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild.

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