CHILLI - BIRDS EYE
The fruits are red, yellow, purple or black. Pungent, hot and spicy. The flowers are greenish white or yellowish white. Can be called the Thai Chilli as well. The plant can grow up to 2m tall however very easily stays small especially in pots. It's origins are from Mexico however it is most famous for being used in Vietnamese cooking in soups, stir fries and salads. Thai cuisine commonly uses this chilli and it is because it has a fruity taste and an extreme spiciness. Many of the Thai curries are centred around the flavour of the Birds Eye chilli and it has become so common in Thai cooking that it is often just called the Thai chilli. Because they go well in pots many people who couldn't grow these fruits outside in colder climates can keep them protected and enjoy them fresh rather than store bought.
Plant Information or Specifications
Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas
Suitability in Pots
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December
Customer Comments on Chilli - Birds Eye
Chilli - Birds Eye
Can you eat them. I have a friend who loves chillies and wants them (I have lots!) | Margaret Willcocks - Krambach , NSW 05-Mar-2008
Chilli - Birds Eye
Yes, you can eat them. Its very hot(spicy). Normally find in hot country eg. Thailand, Malaysia etc.. | Nilixon - Malaysia, MSIA 12-Jun-2009
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Update: 3173 days 15hrs
Excellant addition to all sorts of dishes. They can be used fresh or are easily dried for extended shelf life. The bush can grow into quite a siuzeable 'tree' and is very ornimental in the garden. Chooks and some native birds love the fruit as well!!
Height 2.5 metres
Growing: In the Ground
First Fruited: 2006 Months From Seed
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Water Given in: Summer
Pollination: Self Pollination
When I Fertilise: Never
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