Birdseye is also called as African Devil Chilli. Birdseye chilli is tiny, green and when matured the color changes to bright red. The pungency varies from the place and environmental condition it receives. It is widely available in African countries like Zimbabwe, and Malawi, Kenya and Uganda. They may appear small but they pack a burning punch and can contain between 100,000-120,000 Scoville Units, almost as hot as a Habanero.
Some sources state that the name birds eye comes from these chilli bushes being started by birds picking and dropping the chillis. Birds don’t feel any effects from chilli oil therefore they don’t get the burning sensation humans do.
Birds Eye chillies are one of the easiest species to grow and maintain. They are a thick bush with lightweight fruit and are very forgiving. They can grow in sandy soil conditions to rich soil conditions. As with every other chillie they enjoy humid climates and moisture.