Capsicum Pubescens (meaning "hairy")
These rare peppers are characterized by "furry" leaves, as well as unusually-shaped black or dark brown seeds which are unique to this particular species. They grow primarily in the mountainous regions of Central and South America. They are used to temperate
climates, and can be more cold-tolerant than some peppers, although some varieties off this species may not do well in high temperatures. The peppers are also unusual, thick-walled and often shaped like small apples or ovals, and come in red, yellow and orange colors, with flowers that are typically purple. With proper growing conditions, they can get quite tall, up to 9' or more! They also have a unique capsaicinoid content which gives them a different flavor and "heat" than other peppers, some varieties can seem to taste even hotter than a habanero! This species includes Peruvian Rocotos, Bolivian Locotos and Mexican Manzanos.