Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Siling Haba a.k.a. "Finger Chilis"

Yesterday morning, while watering plants in our backyard. I saw these beautiful finger chilis (siling haba) hanging gracefully, as you can see in the first photo. At long last, my mother's effort paid off. Unlike her other plants, she had a hard time making Chili plants live longer, it always dries up and dies.

"Siling-Haba" or Capsicum annuum var. longum, its scientific name. It is a light to greenish fruit, sometimes yellow or red in color. It is oblong lanceolate, narrowing to a tapering tip, 6 cm long and 1.5 across. A little spicy, sometimes not at all, but have a very enticing aroma when added to dishes. Also, the leaves of this fruit, 2nd photo, are commonly used in Philippine cuisine.

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