The Tabasco pepper is a variety of chilli pepper species Capsicum frutescens. It is best known through its use in Tabasco sauce, followed by peppered vinegar. Like all C. frutescens cultivars, the Tabasco plant has a typical bushy growth, which commercial cultivation makes stronger by trimming the plants. The tapered fruits, around 4 cm long, are initially pale yellowish-green and turn yellow and orange before ripening to bright red. Tabasco's rate from 30,000 to 50,000 on the Scoville scale of heat levels, and are the only variety of chilli pepper whose fruits are "juicy"; i.e., they are not dry on the inside. Unlike most chilli's, Tabasco fruits grow up, rather than hanging down from their stems.
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