Growing Chili Peppers

Melrose chili pepper - September 24, 2013
Chili Pepper Files
Melrose is a Annuum chili pepper, that produces sweet pods with thin but tasty pulp. Melrose (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Sweet Taste/flavour: Aromatic Wall thickness: Thin Plant...

Vizcaino Chili Pepper - September 03, 2013
Chili Pepper Files
Vizcaino is a Annuum chili pepper, with big sweet pods that can be harvested green or ripe. Vizcaino (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Sweet Taste/flavour: Bell-pepper-like, aromatic W...

King of the North chili flower - December 05, 2012
The surprising flowers
This King of the North chili flower is fading and already showing the small pod inside: it's a sweet variety, shaped like a small bell pepper, crispy and tasty. The surprisi...

Zavory Chili - May 19, 2012
Chili Pepper Files
Zavory is a Chinense chili, but milder then Habanero. Zavory (Capsicum Chinense) Heat: Mild Taste/flavour: Fruity Wall thickness: Fleshy Plant productivity: Prolific Numb...

2011 Chili and Vegetables Harvests - March 29, 2012
Harvest Chili Peppers
This is the time of year when the crops are limited, but the young plants have already been born, full of promise of harvests to come. So every year I look at my pictures of the p...

Chili and Vegetables Winter Harvest - January 22, 2012
Rooftop gardening
Every winter my chili plants on the rooftop give me the last harvest: they are few pods, mild and not so beautiful as summer ones, but it always feels like a little miracle. Fro...

Spanish chilies - October 26, 2011
Chilies around the world
I really enjoyed Barcelona markets, the famous La Boqueria and all the street markets with many exotic fruits and vegetables that I can't find in Italy... and also many different c...

The collector's garden: Black Chilies - October 18, 2011
The collector's garden
Many chili growers love black ornamental chilies, this is my collection. Aussie Black Black and green leaves, purple flowers, pods that ripe from black to dark red. Black ...

Senise Chili - October 15, 2011
Chili Pepper Files
Senise is a bell pepper from Basilicata, Italy, fleshy and sweet. Senise (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Sweet Taste/flavour: Bell-pepper-like Wall thickness: Medium Plant produc...

My chilies from previous years - May 19, 2011
Growing chili peppers
All the chilies sown this year are still very small and slow to recover from transplanting, while my old chili plants are filling me with pride. Numex Suave Orange is my favouri...

The collector's garden: A rainbow of Habanero - March 18, 2011
The collector's garden
Habaneros are hot chili, famous all world wide. There are many different Habaneros, different in colour but similar in hotness (from about 300,000 Scoville Units). Standard Habane...

Fresno Chili - March 12, 2011
Chili Pepper Files
Fresno is an Annuum hot chili, similar to Jalapeno in shape but bigger and crispier. Fresno (Capsicum Anuuum) Heat: Hot Taste/flavour: Aromatic Wall thickness: Fleshy and c...

(Ita) Il problema dei cotiledoni imprigionati - March 10, 2011


The collector's garden: Jalapeno for everyone - February 24, 2011
The collector's garden
Jalapeño is one of the most famous and used chilies. They are usually harvested unripe, when they show the corks. Jalapeno Classic Jalapeno pods are about 6 cm long, with me...

A chili seed tale - February 22, 2011
Growing chili peppers
I tell this tale to encourage all the chili growers: chilies are strong plants, and they will surprise you! Last month I sowed some chili seeds on scottex paper, as showed in th...

Rawit Chili - February 18, 2011
Chili Pepper Files
Rawit is a Frutescens chili pepper, probably from Indonesia. It produces many hot pods which ripe slowly from green to red. Rawit (Capsicum Frutescens) Heat: Very Hot Taste/fl...

Chili peppers harvests in 2010 - February 08, 2011
Harvest Chili Peppers
In February I usually harvest the last chilies from my plants, and I like to create the collage picture of all chili harvest. Last season I harvested more than 1000 pods, fo...

January gardening tips: Indoor sowing - January 22, 2011
Rooftop gardening
The exciting time of the indoor sowing is arrived: I have chosen many different chili peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and other vegetables. This is my 2011 sowing: see...

All 2010 chilies - December 24, 2010
Growing chili peppers
During 2010 I tried new chili varieties: mild chilies, black and ornamental, but also some new Habanero. Aji Benito (Capsicum Baccatum) Mild, ripens from green to red, 5cm long...

Czechoslovakian Black Chili Flower - December 16, 2010
The surprising flowers
Czechoslovakian Black is an ornamental dark chili plant, with little pod that ripe from black to red. This December flower really amazed me. The surprising flowers: flowers ...

Pimento Piquillo Files - December 11, 2010
Chili Pepper Files
Pimento Piquillo is an Annuum chili pepper, with delicious big pepper-shaped pods. Pimento Piquillo (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Mild Taste/flavour: Bell-pepper-like Wall thickn...

Autumn Chili Peppers - October 29, 2010
Growing chili peppers
These Piri Piri Algarve under the rain look sooo autumnal and sad... ...but a sunny day can give to the chili a summer look! Jamy are ripening, I can't wait to prepare the Jamy...

My 2010 ornamental chili peppers - October 18, 2010
Growing chili peppers
The ornamental chili plants begin to lose their leaves: I hope they will last until Christmas, like the last year winter chilies but it's definitely time for a review. Certainly...

Chili Peppers Reality Show: the secrets revealed - September 18, 2010
Chili Peppers Reality Show
A couple of months ago, I choose some chili plants to follow on the blog, for an ironical Chili Peppers Reality Show. Finally all the plants are showing results, and I can revea...

Chili peppers harvests - August 25, 2010
Harvest Chili Peppers
Back from my holidays, I found out that all my plants survived, and that many chili were ready to be harvested. More than 1 Kg of pods... I gave them, stored them (see Storing c...

Cascabel Chili Flower - July 26, 2010
The surprising flowers
Chilies have small flowers, that can be appreciated in pictures. The surprising flowers: flowers of aromatic herbs, vegetables and spontaneous herbs. One year ago: S...

A walk between my chili plants - July 19, 2010
Growing chili peppers
Every year I enjoy using my chili peppers in many recipes... but I also enjoy to walk between the plants, watching the flowers and the ripening pods. This Carmine chili is one y...

Chili peppers first pods - July 06, 2010
Chili Peppers Reality Show
The seven chili plants from my Chili Peppers Reality Show now have flowers and pods. Banana Sweet - The sweet one The Banana Sweet had its first flowers and pods. However, a...

Chili de Onza - July 05, 2010
Chili Pepper Files
Chili de Onza is an Annuum, and has brown pods with licorice overtones. Chili de Onza (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Mild Taste/flavour: Aromatic Wall thickness: Thin Plant pr...

(Ita) L'allegagione dei peperoncini - June 04, 2010


Chili peppers after transplanting - May 20, 2010
Chili Peppers Reality Show
The seven chili plants from my Chili Peppers Reality Show have been transplanted. Frida Black - The mysterious one I called the Frida Black mysterious because I can't find any ...

The chili peppers are in the right place! - May 13, 2010
Growing chili peppers
I finally transplanted all my chili peppers. These are Fresno and Aji Pineapple. A mascot owl watches over the pot with my dark chili plants: you can see the Frida Black in fro...

Repotting the growing chilies - March 30, 2010
Chili Peppers Reality Show
I already told you of my idea, ironically called Chili Peppers Reality Show. After a month, most of the chili plants are outside. All my chilies are growing slowly this year, but ...

Habanero Chocolate Chili - March 06, 2010
Chili Pepper Files
Habanero Chocolate is a Chinense chili pepper. Don't let the chocolate colour fool you: they're really hot. Habanero Chocolate (Capsicum Chinense) Heat: Dangerous Taste/flavou...

Watching the little dark chili plants - March 01, 2010
Growing chili peppers
Many chili growers love the dark plants: some are ornamental ones, that mature from black to many bright different colours, and there are some cooking chilies, that mature from dar...

Chili Peppers Reality Show - February 21, 2010
Growing chili peppers
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 follo...

Chili Last Harvest - February 14, 2010
Harvest Chili Peppers
My chili plants are dying, and it's pointless to keep them in the pots any more. I'm using my lasagna gardening in the pots technique to prepare the pots for the new plants. I l...

Jamaican Red Hot Chili - February 11, 2010
Chili Pepper Files
Jamaican Red Hot is a Chinense chili pepper, with amazing red pointed pods. Jamaican Red Hot (Capsicum Chinense) Heat: Very Hot Taste/flavour: Aromatic Wall thickness: Medium...

Thai Orange Chili - February 06, 2010
Chili Pepper files
Thai Orange is a Annuum chili pepper, with orange long pods. Thai Orange (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Hot Taste/flavour: Not remarkable Wall thickness: Thin Plant productivity: M...

Chili pepper 2009 harvests - January 26, 2010
Harvest Chili Peppers
Last year chili plants still have some ripening pods, but I create anyway the group picture of my 2009 chili harvests. From the first, few green pods for some recipes, to the la...

Chili sowing, 2: newborn plants - January 22, 2010
Growing chili peppers
Many chilies from the December sowing are sprouted, and some of them proudly show the first true leaves, like the Bulgarian Carrot in the picture. The young chili plants need li...

Chili sowing - December 29, 2009
Growing chili peppers
Every year I use the scottex paper method for the chili sowing. This method can be used also for bell peppers, tomatoes, aubergines. Take an ice-cream box, clean and disinfect ...

Winter Chili Peppers on the Catwalk - December 14, 2009
My 400th post
A guest admired my ornamental chilies, telling me that it's interesting to take note of how they look during winter, because the ones with pods and leaves are a spot of colour in a...

Seems like this chili knows what it's doing... - December 11, 2009
Growing chili peppers
I'm surprised by this Numex Big Jim chili plant, with the last -almost ripe- pod. It seems like the plant decided that the upper branches were destined to die, so it kept the pod ...

Chili peppers during winter - November 06, 2009
Growing chili peppers
The chili plants face the autumn: the leaves become yellow and fall, pods are ripening slowly, and are smaller and milder than summer ones. This Habanero White pods are still ri...

Black Pearl Chili - October 27, 2009
Chili Pepper Files
Black Pearl is an ornamental chili pepper, with black leaves and pearl shaped pods, that ripe from a black to dark red. Black Pearl (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Hot Taste/flavour: ...

Autumn chilies - October 23, 2009
Growing chili peppers
The chilies on my balcony are still kissed by the sun, and they don't seem to know that it's autumn. This Large Cherry plant didn't produce many pods, but they're hot and perfec...

Chili Pepper Files - September 25, 2009
Growing chili peppers
Chili Pepper Files are informative posts about the chili peppers that I grown. This post is meant to be an index for this chili database. Capsicum Chinense Habanero Chocol...

All 2009 chilies - September 21, 2009
Growing chili peppers
Chilies season isn't finished yet, but I already harvested them all and I can post my 2009 growing list. Aji Yellow (Capsicum Baccatum) Mildly hot, ripens from green to dark ye...

It's raining on chili peppers - September 20, 2009
Harvest Chili Peppers
Look this Peruvian Collnew chili pepper, with rain drops, under a grey sky... autumn seems nearly arrived. Read also: Chilies on the catwalk Hot Rice Salad

(Ita) Semi di rocoto e altri pubescens - September 14, 2009


Black ornamental peppers, 2 - September 07, 2009
Growing chili peppers
An updating about my black ornamental chilies, that are growed since my last post about them. The Black Pearl is amazing, with its black leaves and small round pods, shaped like...

Who loves the Black Scorpion Tongue? - July 30, 2009
Harvest Chili Peppers
My Black Scorpion Tongue is one of my favourite ornamental peppers, with its white and purple flowers and its small dark pods. As you can see, I'm not the only one to love it......

(Ita) Coltivare i peperoncini - July 29, 2009


Chili Peppers: the first 2009 harvest - July 20, 2009
Harvest Chili Peppers
Until now I harvested one chili at a time, when they were ready. This is the first chili peppers harvest. From the top: Jalapeno Goliath, Hot Jim Hybrid, Numex Sunglo Jalo...

Watching chili peppers ripe - July 15, 2009
Growing Chili Peppers
I like to watch chili peppers ripe, and take many pictures. Chinense like this Carmine Pepper ripe gradually. Carmine pepper ripe from bright green to orange. Serrano and Pob...

Chili peppers are growing - July 03, 2009
Growing Chili Peppers
Many chili pepper plants sowed in winter are full of ripening pods. Trinidad Perfume is a Capsicum Chinense, like Habanero, but it should be mild, with the tipical fruity aroma....

My first Numex Sunglo Peppers - June 17, 2009
Rooftop gardening
My chili peppers are doing great, and many plants are full with unripe pods. This Numex Sunglo is late, but its first small pod is really cute! Read also the post: Yell...

Chili peppers harvests in 2008 - May 18, 2009
Harvest Chili Peppers
The first chili peppers just started to grow, so I'm posting a picture of last year's harvests, from July to December. About 1500g, incredible colors, many recipes and good ...

Last year chili peppers - May 13, 2009
Growing Chili Peppers
Many peppers survived the winter. I adopted different solutions for them, and I'm trying to figure which is the best. I left the Pasilla Bajio outside all winter long. It had so...

Good company: chilies, cats and bugs - May 11, 2009
Rooftop gardening
I was on the rooftop to water the plants, and I found this incredible guest, a bug lying under the sun. Another guest lies near the pots. Hey neighborhood cat, I know that you a...

Black ornamental chilies - May 07, 2009
Growing chili peppers
This year I'm growing many dark chilies plants. They haven't bloomed yet, but their leaves makes them already interesting. This is Traviata pepper from azienda Stuard (Italy), w...

Pepper repotting - April 15, 2009
Growing Chili Peppers
My pepper plants are big enough to face the outside world. I took them outside, and after a few weeks I will repot them in bigger pots or transplant to the final destination. T...

Young plants: Jalapeno - April 10, 2009
Growing chili peppers
I'm growing four Jalapeno varieties this year: classic, Goliath, Master and Jaloro. This is a classic Jalapeno plant with its first true leaves. Read also: The collector...

Peppers first buds - March 23, 2009
Growing chili peppers
Some of my pepper plants are outdoor, and they started to show some buds. This is a plant of Primo Sweet, it will produce sweet orange peppers, resembling little bell peppers. ...

(Ita) Peperoncini: seconda produzione - October 07, 2008


Autumn Serrano peppers - September 26, 2008
Growing chili peppers
My Serrano plants produced only flowers during the summer. Finally the first pods appeared, maybe because of the lower temperatures: never say never! It's autumn, and they will r...

Inca Red Drop Chili - September 23, 2008
Chili Pepper Files
Inca Red Drop is a Baccatum chili pepper, with red, fleshy, hot, small pods Inca Red Drop (Capsicum Baccatum) Heat: Hot Taste/flavour: Slightly fruity Wall thickness: Fleshy ...

Black Prince Chili - September 18, 2008
Chili Pepper files
The Black Prince is a dark ornamental plant, with black leaves and small pods that ripen from black to glossy red. Highly recommended. Black Prince (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: ...

Cayenne with white and purple flowers - September 17, 2008
Growing chili peppers
My pepper plants are blooming again, and this morning I noticed my Cayenne Ring of Fire is acting strange. I checked, but it's the same plant: lower branches are producing w...

Hail on Jalapenos - September 16, 2008
Growing chili peppers
My Jalapenos are having a bad year... Read also: The collector's garden: Jalapeno for everyone Jalapeno recipes

(Ita) I peperoncini verdi - September 14, 2008


Red Devil Chili - September 11, 2008
Chili Pepper files
Red Devil is a cayenne-like chili pepper, with big pods that can be easily dried or consumed fresh. Red Devil (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Hot Taste/flavour: Not remarkable Wall t...

All 2008 chilies - September 10, 2008
Growing chili peppers
Let's take a look at my 2008 chili growing list. Aji amarillo (Capsicum Baccatum) Mild, ripens from yellow to bright orange, 9-10 cm long. More details and a recipe: Peruvian ...

Cayenne Ring of Fire Chili - September 05, 2008
Chili Pepper files
The Cayenne Ring of Fire is a hot, short cayenne chili pepper. The plant will produce an incredible number of pods, that will ripe earlier than other chilies. It can be easily dr...

Peter Pepper Red Chili - September 04, 2008
Chili Pepper files
Mainly known for its peculiar shape, the Peter Pepper Red is a tasty chili, mild and fleshy, that can be eaten green or ripe. Peter Pepper Red (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Mild Tas...

Jalapeño Chili - September 01, 2008
Chili Pepper files
Jalapeño is an Annuum chili pepper, red when ripe that can be harvested green. It's very tasty and used in many recipes all over the world. Jalapeño (Capsicum Annuum) Heat: Mil...

Flowers on pepper plants - July 27, 2008
Growing chili peppers
I had to wait, but the Cherry Pepper flowers are really pretty. You can see why I call Mazzetto (Small bouquet) this plant. How many flowers and pods on the same node can exist?...

Chilies on the catwalk - July 20, 2008
My 100th post!
For the 100th post of this blog, let the chili pepper plants talk. Read also: Storing chili peppers Fiery recipes

Pepper first harvest - July 16, 2008
Harvest Chili Peppers
It's harvest time for chili peppers: this is my first harvest. The Mushroom Hybrid (I named it Hot Jim) really surprised us: it's fleshy and hot, and it tastes like a bell p...

June gardening tips: Chilies, the blooming part two - July 08, 2008
Growing Chili Peppers
Many pepper plants are producing pods and I harvested many of them, but I still love to take pictures of their tiny flowers.

The first Jalapeño - July 03, 2008
Harvest Chili Peppers
This is the pepper pod I was waiting for, a small Jalapeno 2 mm long. I can't wait to eat it! Read also: The collector's garden: Jalapeno for everyone Jalapeno re...

Peppers are ripening! - June 30, 2008
Harvest Chili Peppers
Look carefully through the leaves... the first Cayenne Ring of fire has turned red! This is an Hungarian Yellow Wax, I should harvest it when it was yellow, but I choose to wait...

Late chili transplanting - June 29, 2008
Growing chili peppers
Feeling guilty, I show you a picture of five pepper plants. I should transplant them two months ago, but I leave them in a small pot until today. A hundred plants are too many, an...

My first Habanero pods - June 24, 2008
Growing chili peppers
I was sighing because none of my Chinense pepper plants had pods, but looking under the leaves of a plant I found two well hidden surprises. They're Habanero Red: they're my fir...

First pepper pods, part 2 - June 04, 2008
Harvest Chili Peppers
Pepper pods that I forget last time: Bulgarian Carrot Explosive Ember Yellow Cedrino Read also: Storing chili peppers Fiery recipes

First chili pepper pods - June 02, 2008
Harvest Chili Peppers
Taking a look at the chili pepper plants, I had some nice surprises: They're not the only ones! I'll promise more photos... Black Prince, my favourite ornamental pe...

Winter sowing planting dates - Chili Peppers - April 04, 2008
Growing chili peppers
All chilies are ready to be transplanted. Let's look at them, from Aji Amarillo to Vizcaino. My chili pepper's germination times: Capsicum Baccatum Aji Amarillo 5-7-8 da...

Chili peppers transplanting day - April 02, 2008
Growing chili peppers
This Sunday I transplanted my plants in the garden. These are all my chilies for a group photo. Don't let my cat's tired expression foolish you: she didn't help at all! ...

(Ita) Habanero White alla riscossa - March 21, 2008


Chili repotting time - March 18, 2008
Growing Chili Peppers
Two weeks ago I brought out some pepper plants grown indoor. They have lost some leaves but they still look fine. On the right, in plastic glasses: Poblano, Cayenne Hybrid, Serran...

Numex Twilight meets ladybug - March 11, 2008
Growing chili peppers
It was raining all through the night and morning. The chili pepper plants that I had brought out have tasted their first rain drops. This afternoon there was a welcomed gues...

Chili peppers group photo - February 19, 2008
Growing chili peppers
All my (almost 150) pepper plants are indoor, waiting for the spring. A group photo of the autumn plants. They look like a small forest now. The Hungarian Yellow Wax, a Capsi...

(Ita) Un Rocoto e un Habanero: Pubescent vs. Chinense - February 14, 2008


(Ita) Coltivazione fuori stagione: un peperoncino a sorpresa - January 24, 2008


(Ita) Peperoncini indoor, 2: nascita - January 21, 2008


(Ita) Peperoncini indoor, 1: semina - January 09, 2008


(Ita) Coltivazione fuori stagione: peperoncini fioriti a Gennaio - January 06, 2008


(Ita) Peperoncini: un nuovo hobby - October 17, 2007


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