Chili Peppers Reality Show
Growing chili peppers
February 21, 2010
This year I've got many new chili seeds, so I decided to abandon some old varieties like Shishito and Hot Lemon, to let room to the new ones.
I choose seven new varieties to follow here on the blog, in what I ironically called the Chili Peppers Reality Show... well, I hope that there won't be any loser, and that all of them will end the season as winners.
This is the first episode, so let's meet the main characters. I never grow these chilies before, and I will know them with you.
Habanero Black Congo - The extra hot one
It's a Capsicum Chinense and the pods has the shape and piquancy of an Habanero. They ripen to brown.
Banana Sweet - The sweet one
A sweet Annuum chili, with big early pods, that ripen to yellow. To eat raw or stir-fried.
Chili de Onza - The fancy one
An Annuum chili with small pods, shaped as a bell pepper, hot with licorice overtones, that ripen to brown... I am really curious.
Ethiopian Brown Berbere - The exotic one
An Ethiopian variety, Annuum, named after the famous spices mixture (or maybe the mixture is named after it). It's an hot, dark red chili.
Frida Black - The mysterious one
I chose this chili for its name, but I don't know anything about it. The young plant looks like an Annuum, the cotyledons are purple, but the true leaves are bright green.
Bode Orange - The ornamental one
After so many dark chilies, I picked a bright ornamental variety: a bushy Chinense plant whose pods are small, round, hot and ripen to orange.
Aji Pineapple - The fruity one
A Baccatum chili, crisp and aromatic, its pods ripen to golden yellow.
To be continued...
Repotting the growing chilies
Chili peppers after transplanting
Chili peppers first pods
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