Deceptively pretty, this is a hot pepper with a sting in its tail. Growing on a vine-like plant and native to Peru, the bright yellow, crinkled, cone-shaped fruits take a marathon 100 days to mature from their unripe green state. Popular in Peru but practically unknown elsewhere in the world until the 1990s, the Lemon Drop is growing in popularity thanks to its uncomplicated citrus-like lemon flavour and clean punch of chilli heat. Known in Peru as the qillu uchu, it is a member of the Capsicum Baccatum species. It’s heat level is relatively mild, averaging between 15,000 and 30,000 Scoville Heat Units.