By Sarah Fiorello

Capsicum frutescens ‘African Bird’s Eye’
Nightshade Family     Solanaceae
Like all peppers, this plant was first domesticated in Central and South America, but it has grown in the wild in Africa for centuries and is now cultivated commercially in Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda. It is one of the key ingredients in a spicy sauce called peri-peri, the name derived from the Swahili word ‘piri-piri,’ meaning “pepper-pepper.”

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