Bird's Mouth (Eye)

The Bird's Mouth or Bird's Eye Chili Pepper, is also known as chili padi in Malaysia (Bahasa Malayu). This refers to the small size of the chili that reminds people about the small size of paddy (rice), the staple food in the region. It is also known as cabe rawit (Indonesian) and siling labuyo (Filipino). Chili padi is also a euphemism for a petite, sexy woman.

These tiny little fiery chilis point downward from the plant and their colors change from green to yellow/orange to red. Although small in size compared to other types of chili, the chili padi is relatively strong at 100,000 to 225,000 Shu's on the Scoville pungency scale. Malaysia consumes about RM140 million ($ 40,000,000) worth of chilies each year.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Capsicum
Species: C. chinense

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