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Capsicum Frutescens Collection

Discover the vibrant world of Capsicum frutescens, the small yet mighty chili pepper plant

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Red Chilli

Red Chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens) used to add a spicy flavour to food. The heat comes from the chemical stimulant capsaicin

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Red chilli pepper

Red chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens). Widely used to add a spicy flavour to foods, the chilli pepper contains the chemical stimulant capsacin and is a good source of vitamin c (ascorbic acid)

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Capsicum frutescens (Cayenne), fresh and dried red cayenne chilli peppers, powdered chillies

Capsicum frutescens (Cayenne), fresh and dried red cayenne chilli peppers, powdered chillies, ointment, and phial of infused oil

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco, bowl of red chilli peppers used in Tabasco sauce

Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco, bowl of red chilli peppers used in Tabasco sauce

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Solanaceae, Chili Pepper (Capsicum frutescens), Small suffruticose plant grown for its fruits

Solanaceae, Chili Pepper (Capsicum frutescens), Small suffruticose plant grown for its fruits and as ornamental plant
Herbal, 18th-19th century. Iconographia Taurinensis. Volume XXIII Plate 42 by Giovanni Antonio Bottione: Solanaceae, Chili Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Bowl overflowing with whole dried chilli peppers, high angle view

Bowl overflowing with whole dried chilli peppers, high angle view

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Birds eye chilli peppers

Birds eye chilli peppers (Capsicum frutescens)

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Birds eye chilli, SEM

Birds eye chilli, SEM
Birds eye chilli. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the open fruit and seeds from a birds eye chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens). Magnification: x8 when printed 10 centimetres wide

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Dried red chilli peppers

Dried red chilli peppers (Capsicum frutescens). Widely used to add a spicy flavour to foods, the chilli pepper contains the chemical stimulant capsaicin and is a good source of vitamin c

Background imageCapsicum Frutescens Collection: Dried red chilli pepper

Dried red chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens). Widely used to add a spicy flavour to foods, the chilli pepper contains the chemical stimulant capsaicin and is a good source of vitamin c


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Discover the vibrant world of Capsicum frutescens, the small yet mighty chili pepper plant. Known for its fiery red fruits, this Solanaceae species includes varieties like Cayenne, Tabasco, and Birds Eye chillies. Fresh and dried red Cayenne chilli peppers bring heat to kitchens worldwide, while Tabasco sauce is made from capsicum frutescens var. Tabasco. Artists have long admired its beauty, as seen in this 18th-century watercolor by Giovanni Antonio Bottione. Dried red chilli peppers, whether whole or ground into powder, add flavor and spice to dishes. Birds Eye chillies, with their unique shape and intense heat, are a favorite in Southeast Asian cuisine. Observe their intricate texture in this SEM image. Whether used for culinary delights or medicinal purposes, the red chilli pepper, a cherished member of the nightshade family, adds a fiery kick to life.