Over the years our chilli growing efforts have been inconsistent. We’ve occasionally blazed a scorching path of hot chilli joy, but have also tasted the cold, wet tears of failure. But few plants are as fun to grow as chillis, so each year we scour the catalogues to pick a few different varieties with which to burn our greedy mouths and cross our fingers before sowing.
Last year Nick reported a “slight improvement on previous years” but too many plants were still “a bit sparse when it came to harvesting”. Rich, on the other hand, hit an all time low: “Only a few germinated, and they withered and died within weeks.”
To improve our chances of firing up more successful chilli action this year, Nick has been consulting the excellent book “RHS Red Hot Chilli Grower” by Kay Maguire, and Rich has been asking daft questions on twitter.
February is the ideal time to plunge chilli seeds into compost, so we’ve placed our orders and are ready to grow. And here are our choices for the year…
Nick’s chilli seed selection
Alongside regular growing favourites jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye, Nick will be attempting to grow he following chillis…
Pimientos de Padron
With mild heat, this is the chilli of choice for Spanish tapas dishes.
For the meek and mild
Greeny yellow / orange chilli with a scoville rating of 2,000.
Not so hot
Droopy Peruvian plant producing yellow chillis with up to 60,000 scoville units.
Packs a punch
Nick bought his seeds from South Devon Chilli Farm
Rich’s chillis of choice
Rich is wiping the slate clean and growing an all new chilli selection, picked specifically for their heat…
Small red and purple fruit with a steady 30,000 scoville units of heat.
Explosive like a damp match
Basket of fire
Cream and red chillis packing a mighty 80,000 scovilles.
Handle with care
Caribbean Red Habanero
Reaching up to 475,000 scovilles this chilli is twice as hot as a regular habanero.
Handle with gloves
This Bangladeshi bomb comes in at an explosive 1 MILLION scovilles.
Handle with full body armour
Rich bought his seeds from Victoriana Nursery