Pasilla means "little raisin" in Spanish, referring to the dark brown, wrinkled, dried form of the chilaca pepper. Fresh chilaca adds character to red enchilada sauce and salsas. The dried pod, or pasilla, is a flavorful and important ingredient in traditional mole sauce. 1,000-2,000 Scoville heat units (mild). Plants are tobacco mosaic virus resistant.
• Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
• Days to Maturity: 80 days from transplanting
• Family: Solanaceae
• Native: Americas
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: Narrow, cylindrical pods up to 10" long by 1" wide; dark green maturing to dark brown. 'Pasilla Bajio'/'Chilaca' is a mild pepper at 1,000–2,000 Scoville heat units.
• Attributes: Disease Resistant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: For Mild Climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F. Transplant seedlings outside 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when daytime temperatures are at least 70°F, and nighttime temperatures are at least 55°F. Mild • Climates: May be sown in late summer for fall/winter crop.
• Days to Emerge: 10–25 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: Start indoors
• Row Spacing: 24"–36"
•Thinning: Start indoors, plant seedlings 18" – 24" apart outside
• Harvesting: Harvest when 6"–10" long and when peppers are dark brown. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting, or wear gloves to harvest peppers.