Capsicum pubescens (Rocoto)

Capsicum pubescens

The Rocoto (or Locoto as it is known in Bolivia) is my absolute favorite pepper. It has the perfect flavor and heat combined with a juicy meaty texture.  It tends to have a nice lingering heat that takes a few seconds to register.

Although usually enjoyed fresh, there are many options for preserving this tasty pepper.

Rocotos can be a slow  to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil temperature above 75F. When mature, stake or erect a trellis to support the peppers. Harvest when bright red. Since Rocotos are preferably enjoyed fresh, leave peppers on the plant until needed.  Rocotos plants can live many years so plan accordingly.


Currently I am growing 3 varieties of this wonderful pepper. Two red (rojo) and one yellow (amarillo).

More information on Pubescens taxonomy and origins.

Rocoto Links:

Locoto Flower

Locoto Leaf

Yellow is sometimes called Rocoto Amarillo or Canario.
Locoto Fruit

Seeds are mostly black:

Notice the 3 lobes in this cut open rocoto.


Click the flower for a mega close-up


© 2006 Joe Carrasco