Birdseye Chilli

The African Birdseye chilli is also called African Devil, Monbassa chilli, African chilli or Zanzibar chilli. From the Capsicum Frutescens species, the Birdseye is actually a close relative of the fiery hot Tabasco chilli.

The Birdseye chilli, specifically the variety from Uganda, is believed by many to be the hottest chilli that is not a member of the legendary C. Chinense species and will come in at 100,000-225,000 on the Scoville Heat scale. Due to these potent heat levels most of these African chillies are harvested and processed for commercial use as a pepper extract.

Birdseye chillies have a clean flavour but lack the complexity of some of the more popular chillies. With undertones of dry hay they have a nice bite.