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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aji Pineapple - The fruity one


A Baccatum chili, crisp and aromatic, its pods ripen to golden yellow.



ChiliesTo be continued...

Repotting the growing chilies
Chili peppers after transplanting
Chili peppers first pods
Chili Peppers Reality Show: the secrets revealed





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Comments

Author: Joanne (URL)
21/02/2010

I would never have guessed that there were even so many varieties of chilis! that is insane. I can t wait to hear about how all of them taste.


Author: elisabetta
04/03/2010

Io ho un peproncino arancione che non avevo mai visto, come posso fare per chidervi il suo nome?


Author: Graziana
05/03/2010

Salve Elisabetta, esistono migliaia di peperoncini differenti, senza contare le varietà ibride, e spesso è impossibile risalire al nome. Le consiglio di iscriversi a un forum specializzato in peperoncini e pubblicare lì la foto del peperoncino da riconoscere.


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