Lemon drop pepper

Lemon drop chilli, ají limon
Genus Capsicum
Species Capsicum baccatum
Cultivar 'Lemon drop'
Heat Hot
Scoville scale 15,000-30,000 SHU

The lemon drop pepper, ají limon,[1] is a hot, citrus-like, lemon-flavored pepper which is a popular seasoning pepper in Peru, where it is known as qillu uchu. A member of the baccatum species, the lemon drop is a cone pepper that is around 60mm long and 12mm wide with some crinkling. [2]

Reactions to the taste of the pepper vary from delicious [3] to tasting of hand soap,[4] but the pepper is commonly described as sweet, mildly hot, and tasting of citrus. [5] [6] [7] [8]


Plants of the variety lemon drop are typical representatives of the species Capsicum baccatum. In the first year they can reach a height of 1.50 to 2 meters. The plant grows upright and is highly branched. The leaves are dark green and relatively narrow, the petals are whitish - green and carry yellow - green spots on the base. Lemon drop is a high yielding chilli plant, in a year one plant can produce over 100 fruits. The time between fertilization of flowers and ripening of the fruit is about 80 days.[1]


  1. 1 2 Dave DeWitt and Paul W. Bosland (2009). The Complete Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking. Timber Press. ISBN 978-0881929201.
  2. "Aji Lemon Drop". chileman.org.
  3. "Lemon Drop test". YouTube
  5. "Three Aji Limon Peppers (30,000 - 50,000 Scovilles each) | Afterburn". YouTube
  6. "Aji Limon Review". YouTube
  7. "Pepper Lover's Aji Limon Pod Test". YouTube
  8. "Aji Lemon Homegrown Pod Test". YouTube
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