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- Pequin has a compact habit, growing typically 0.30.6 meters tall, with bright green, ovate leaves and small berries that rarely exceed 2 cm in length.
- Like most chilies, the berries start out green, ripening to brilliant red at maturity.
- Pequin peppers are very hot, often 5-8 times hotter than jalapenos on the Scoville scale (30,000 to 60,000 Units).
- Flavor is described as citrusy, smoky (if dried with wood smoke), and nutty.
- Common uses include pickling, salsas, sauces, soups, and vinegars. The Cholula brand hot sauce lists piquin peppers and chile de arbol peppers among its ingredients.