Challeano Pepper

SKU: 0178A
$3.95 to $9.19

Item Details

A Seed Savers Exchange staff favorite! Finger-sized fruit ripen from pale yellow-green to reddish-pink and taste delightfully fruity with light citrus and berry overtones, yet are very hot. Juicy peppers have a crisp and crunchy texture and reach 3-4"" long when ripe. Elongate, pendant fruit have a semi-wrinkled skin and pointed blossom end. Erect plants grow 2-3' tall and produce light-green leaves and stems, light-purple nodes, and white flowers with yellow spots. Highly productive, this pepper matures mid- to late-season. It was donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 1996 by Darrell Kellogg, who obtained it in 1987 from Bishop Nursery in Oregon.

  • 90 days from transplant
  • Organic
  • SSE staff favorite is highly productive
  • Fruits grow to 3 to 4 inches long
  • Juicy and very crunchy
  • Very hot with pleasant berry and citrus flavors

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Roasting
  • Salsa
  • Pickling
  • Drying

This pepper is: HOT

Wear rubber gloves when processing hot peppers and do not touch your eyes. If you are sensitive to the heat, make sure to wear a mask over your mouth and nose and protect your eyes.

Try adding this pepper to salsa recipes. It has a citrus, spicy flavor that is best enjoyed when the immature peppers are less than 3 inches long.

You can also try making your own hot sauce with these peppers. Sauté them with olive oil, garlic, onion and salt, and after about 4 minutes add 2 cups of water. Heat the mixture for 20 minutes and then allow it to cool to room temperature before pureeing it in a food processor and adding vinegar.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.

  • Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 14 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

Ratings & Reviews

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Perfect pepper


Great grower and producer. Was the first to bear. Wish I had more than 3 plants. Just right taste spicey and sweet. We had 117degrees and it didn’t falter

Amazing flavor


I chose to grow these based on the description of habanero flavor and jalapeno productivity. Started indoors in April, zone ~3b-4a. Plants have been large and productive, but very few ripe peppers and frost will be here soon (end of September). My ripe peppers appear to be wrinkled, similar to a hot chili so probably not marketable in my area. However, the flavor far exceeded my expectations. I love habanero and jalapeno and this tastes better. Honestly the best mildly hot pepper I've ever had. My only complaints are that it matures a bit late for market season and (for me) is not a consistently attractive pepper.

What a good pepper!


All but one seed germinated, and the peppers taste great! Easy to use fresh or dehydrated. Will definitely keep these as a part of my garden.