Compare – Maiwiri (left), Wiri Wiri (right)

Guyana is known for a small round shiny pepper that’s packed with a unique floral-fruity flavour, and distinct aroma. It is called Wiri Wiri. While the origin is unknown, these tiny berry-like peppers have been grown and consumed in Guyana for as long as anyone can remember. For heat seekers, cooks, and home gardeners, it is a taste of home.

However, for many years now, a larger, round, and equally shiny pepper has piled up in trays and baskets across markets masquerading as Wiri Wiri, but it is not the Wiri Wiri pepper, it is a pepper called Maiwiri.   [Read more]