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Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

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The Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli provides a balanced level of spiciness and a glossy sheen. Commonly known as the yellow hot wax pepper, this chilli pod is highly versatile and grows in a 1m tall, bushy plant.

The name "Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli" may be deceiving; while it contains the word 'hot', it should not be mistaken to indicate a high level of spiciness, but rather a reference to the fact that it is a chilli and not a sweet pepper.

Fleshy, long and pointed pods begin a pale yellow colour, so much so that it is also referred to as the 'hot banana'. Once ripening to orange and then red, the darker the colour, the spicier the taste. It is often harvested when light green and with an apple-like taste.

This chilli variant, likely imported to Hungary by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century, has earned acclaim for its sweet, fruity taste. Best enjoyed fresh, Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli can be used as a spicy bell pepper substitute in salads and stir-fries, or stuffed it with meat and herbs for an even more flavourful meal. The moderate warmth of this chilli will tingle your lips, but it is still bearable.


Capsicum annuum



Heat Level (Scoville Rating)

Medium (2,000-8,000 SHU)

Pod Description

Banana-shaped pods that ripen from light yellow to red, 20cm long and 5cm in diameter

Also known as

Hot Banana

Seed Quantity

15 Seeds

Growing Info

The plants are relatively small, yet can achieve heights and widths of approximately one meter and fifty centimetres respectively. The fruits' weight can necessitate the use of support for the branches, as they may be liable to break.

In cooler climates, sowing in early spring is recommended; any buds that bloom too early should be plucked to promote plant growth. Once the season's end approaches, the entire plant should be uprooted and hung by the roots, allowing individual pods to be harvested when desired.

RHS Award of Garden Merit. 

This plant/cultivar has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant. For more information on RHS Award of Garden Merit plants visit 

    Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli 🌶 Bishy Barnabees Cottage Garden
    Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli 🌶 Bishy Barnabees Cottage Garden
    Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli 🌶 Bishy Barnabees Cottage Garden
    Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli 🌶 Bishy Barnabees Cottage Garden

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    Good quality seeds easy to germinate

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