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This listing is for a 10 seed packet of McMahon's Texas Bird Pepper seeds. Fresh, non-genetically modified, 100% organic seed. These are our extra seeds for this season. We buy in small bulk lots, use what's needed for family, friends, and small co-ops, then sell the remainder at a substantial discount for growers. All seed lots have been tested for viability. This variety has been trialed from several sources to ensure the selection of the best strain. 100% success in the northeast. All extra seeds are professionally packaged and labeled. FREE USPS First Class shipping to the lower 48.
McMahon's Texas Bird Peppers:
Annual. 80-90 days to maturity. Open-pollinated. Dwarf variety. Allegedly the only pepper native to North America, the Texas Bird Pepper was given to Thomas Jefferson for planting at Monticello by Capt. Samuel Brown. Capt. Brown collected the variety in San Antonio, Texas sometime in 1812-1813. After growing the pepper, Jefferson shared seeds with Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon who then popularized the plant. I have witnessed this variety in a few places in the Caribbean and locals simply call it "Bird Pepper". In my travels, I've learned there are a few different types of "Bird Pepper" as birds are not sensitive to capsaicin and will eat and distribute pepper seeds anywhere in their range. This particular variety is coveted in the out-island of the Bahamas where the location of wild plants is a closely guarded secret.
Texas Bird Pepper is a typical chile pequin and produces tiny, narrow, upright red peppers up to 1/2" in length. The variety is naturally compact and bush-like and can grow up to 3 feet tall. Very prolific. The fruit turns from green to orange to red when mature but can be eaten at any stage. Well-suited for containers or in-ground. Considered very hot and similar to Cayenne and Tabasco peppers’ heat levels at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville Heat Units. Excellent all-around use in the kitchen and great fresh for cooking, salads, drying, and grinding into hot-pepper flakes, and particularly tasty hot sauces.
Sow indoors 1/4” deep, 2” apart, keep near 80º. Transplant to fertile soil 2-4 weeks after the last frost, 2’ apart, in rows 2-3’ apart.
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