Sunday, November 20, 2016

Chilli Varieties for 2016

Anaheim (Capsicum annuum)

  • mild when green medium hot when red
  • Scoville Heat Scale 500 to 2500 units
  • fruit 15 to 20cm long
  • versatile good for stuffing, soups, drying, pickling etc
  • 300 year old variety
  • vigorous upright bush to 60cm

Hotlips (Rocoto Tree Chilli) (Capsicum pubescens)

Tree Chilli

  • true heirloom as it has been grown for thousands of years by farmers in Bolivia and Peru
  • great if you like really hot chillies. Scoville heat scale 100 000 to 300 000 units. Makes a Jalapeno taste like capsicumes
  • good cool climate chilli though it will need a protected position in Tassie to get through winter as heavy frost will kill it. 
  • sturdy wide perennial bush that grow up to 2 to 3 m tall
  • crops almost all year round with fruit that turns from green to purple to red
  • fruit is flesh like capsicum so it is great for homemade chilli sauce
  • Also called Rocoto Tree Chilli, Locoto and Manzano
Jalapeno (Capsicum annuum)

  • productive over a long period and produce early
  • fruit go from green to red when ripe
  • Scoville Heat Scale 5000 units
  • fruit 7cm long and 3cm wide
  • grows well in large containers
  • bush to 1m
  • good for Salsa
Thai Hot Chilli (Capsicum annuum)

  • the ideal chilli for cooks of SE Asian food
  • produces lots of fruit with thin walls and a spicy flavour
  • fruit start green and ripen to red
  • Scoville Heat Scale 25000 to 40000 units.
  • Good choice for containers as plants are quite compact

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