The Complete Chile Pepper Book
'Charapita' is a
small-fruited pod type from Brazil, also called pimenta do cheiro. The
word cheiro in Portuguese translates as "odorous." A feature of all C.
chinense fruits is the strong aromatic scent from the pods. 'Charapita'
is a wild variety found in the Peruvian jungle close to the city of
Iquitos, where the people are called charapas; thus the name of the
chile pepper. The spherical pod is very small (less than 1/4 inch in
diameter) and very hot. The thin-fleshed pods, which resemble
chiltepíns, start as a very light yellow or ivory and mature into rich
yellow. Unlike the chiltepíns, these pods stay attached to the plant
when ripe. They are eaten fresh with foods or used as an ingredient in
preparing all types of dishes.
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