The Rocoto chillies may resemble a bell pepper in shape, but underneath the hood it's one chili that's full of surprises. There's juiciness and meatiness to this chili ' more akin to a tomato than a pepper ' that's set ablaze with surprising heat. The rocoto can top out at habanero level spiciness, and that often catches eaters by surprise. It's a unique culinary experience that's a critical ingredient to both Peruvian and Bolivian cuisines.
Scoville heat units (SHU): 30,000 ' 100,000 SHU
Median heat: 65,000 SHU