Orange Manzano Flowers

Jun 3, 2017

The Manzano or Rocoto is one of my favorite chiles. They are very hard to find fresh and most often are sold frozen. Your best source is to grow your own. If you live in a warmer climate and are able to protect the Manzano plant from frost they can live for over 15 years. Each fall I take my potted Manzano plants inside to protect them from the harsh Boston winters. This gives them a head start in the spring with beautiful purple flowers in June. The plants have distinctive features, the leaves are hairy and the seeds are black. If you live in areas with cooler summers the Manzano will thrive. If you live in areas with very hot summers grow the Manzano in the shade and expect blossom drop when temperatures go over 90 degrees.