Siling labuyo are small, slender chili peppers having the scientific name Capsicum frutescens.

a wild chicken

any plant that grows in the wild

Despite the name, siling labuyo is grown in Filipino backyard gardens. It is also called Philippine Bird’s Eye pepper because of its shape. Other English names given to this species include Thai pepper and boonie pepper. It comes in bright colors such as green, yellow, orange and red.

Siling Labuyo

Siling labuyo is used to add spice and color to dishes. An example would be bopis. You can also find siling labuyo at the bottom of homemade bottles of white vinegar.  The chilies are frequently added whole.   It is even eaten raw. Traveling in the Philippine countryside, it’s common to see siling labuyo drying in the sun.

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