What are the pros? Good tasting pepper, productive, medium heat
What are the cons? relative long ripening, needs to be staked up
The Lemon Drop is one of my favorite peppers.
It grows, as many baccatums do, quite fast and quite large. The plants often get top heavy and easily fall over, as the baccatums don't grow very sturdy branches.
Because of that I like to grow it in between other plants where it can user the other plants to support itself.
The plant gets very productive and a single plant can easily put out over 100 chilis in one season.
The Lemon Drop wins because of it's taste: it has a very delicious citrus flavor, that is quite unique. the heat is in the mid range, around 10.000 to 30.000 SHU.
It may be a little bit hot for people who don't eat spicy very often, but if you cut it in pieces, you can add it to several dishes. It won't make it too hot to consume.
the peppers themself have a longer ripening time, than most peppers do. It may take up to six weeks from pollination to the ripened fruit, but usually continue to ripen after you pick them.
It was several close relatives in the baccatum family, like the Aji Pineapple, that has the same appearance and only slightly different flavors.
I have heard of several people who say, that it tastes soapy. There seem to be some strains, that contain a chemical substance, that is responisble for this soapy taste, but only a small percentage of people are able to taste it.
All in all I highly recommend to grow this pepper because of it's unique flavor and it's medium heat that allow for many different uses.
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