This is the great grandmother of nearly all commercial hot & sweet peppers we know today. The plant itself is often big, even huge, and lives long (even 30 years). Since this is the ancestor of several domesticated chili species, it's natural that there are several strange variations which represent the development of peppers we today call as capsicum annuum, capsicum chinense and capsicum frutescens. All these three distinctive chili species do cross-breed quite easily, and their earliest, wild forms are genetically very similar. An excellent spice when dried used whole or ground into powder. The small berries of a typical "Tepin" are very hot or even extremely hot with a distinctive, harsh, bold, sharp flavor. The plant is mostly very sturdy and can tolerate almost any kinds of growing conditions with ease