Pepper Big Jim

Botanical Name: 
Capsicum frutescens longum

Developed by the New MexicoStateUniversity. Plant produces heavy yields of 12" long by 2 ¾" wide hot peppers. Peppers are mildly hot and turn from green to red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. Used for chile rellenos, freezing and drying.

Plant Characteristics
Plant Category: 
Herbs & Vegetables
Pepper Big Jim
Plant Type: 
Mature Size: 
Plant will be 2 1/2' tall
Full sun
Soil Type: 
Clay; loam; sand; acidic; alkaline; well drained
Planting Time: 
April to October

The NuMex Big Jim was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest pepper.
Scoville heat scale is 1,500 - 2,500
Plant outside after last frost or April 15th. Space 1 ½ to 1’ apart. Dig hole 2-3 times larger than root ball. Mix in ¼ to 1/3 compost, backfill, press lightly and water deeply. After a few weeks, before blossoms appear, give the plant ¼ to ½ cup organic vegetable fertilizer. Water deeply and thoroughly and do not allow to dry completely. Too little water will cause “dog - tail” or curled misshapen peppers.
To harvest snip the stems with scissors or clippers