is pronounced: mahn zah
noh. Manzano chile peppers are relatives of the hot South American rocoto peppers. They are used most often in fresh form because the pods are so thick they are difficult to dry. These peppers are great for making hot salsas. It is unusual in that it has black seeds.
The manzano rates between 30,000 and 50,000 Scoville units on the heat index.