ANAHEIM

Species: Annuum Origin: Mexico Heat: Mild

Also known as California Chile or Chile Verde, this bushy upright plant can grow upto 2ft and is a prolific bearer of long tapered 2 celled green which mature from green to red (77 days). The pods have a mildly pungency (250 SHU) and a slightly sweet flavour. The pods can be used green or red - hotter when red. Red chiles are sometimes left on the bush until they turning leathery, then dried in the sun to later be ground into powder and sold as Chile Colorado.


© Mark McMullan

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APACHE F1 HYBRID

Species: Annuum Origin: Unknown Heat: Medium

An attractive dwarf plant that produces excellent yields of small 1-2 inch medium/hot bullet shaped fruits. Indeed one plant can produce well over 100 pods in the right growing conditions, fruiting all summer long. One of the most common varieties available from UK garden centres.


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AURORA

Species: Annuum Origin: Unknown Heat: very hot

A colourful ornamental dwarf type with striking purple and green foilage. These small 10-12" plants make an excellent container plant and produce a profussion of 1 1/2in upright fruits which ripen at different times so the little bushes are covered with all different colors from yellow to orange to red to pepper. The peppers can be eaten although not recommended.


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CHERRY BOMB F1 HYBRID

Species: Annuum Origin: USA Heat: Medium

A hybridsed semi compact plant from PETO which produces high yields of 2.5in by 1.5in cherry like globular fruit. The peppers have a thick wall which makes them ideal for pickling and ripen from green to bright red approximately 65-70 days after transplanting. Heat rating of 2,500-5,000 Scoville


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FRESNO

Species: Annuum Origin: USA Heat: Medium

Fresno peppers are similar in shape and heat to jalapeño peppers (5-700 SHU) and are grown extensively in California, Texas and New Mexico. This cold tolerant plant grow approximately 2-2.5 ft tall by 20 inches wide and are prolific beaers of upright arrow shaped 2-3 inch long by 1in wide peppers which mature from bright green to orange to a beautiful deep red . The peppers have a slight sweetness about them and are fantastic when used fresh for salsas. Also known as Chile Carbide orChile Cera.


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NAGA MORICH (DORSET NAGA)

Species: Chinense Origin: Bangladesh Heat: Nuclear

Naga Morich meaning 'snake or serpent Chile’ is an apt name for this ferociously hot variety as eating even the smallest slither of one of these pods is described by some as like drinking cobra venom!!. It is believed to be very closely related to its Indian cousin, the Bhut jolokia (Bih jolokia) and extreme care should be taken when handling these firebombs. In recent tests, one Naga Morich pod registered 1,598,227 SHU. The thin walled wrinkled pods have a high degree of variability in shape although they are generally wedge shaped with three locules and average about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. They ripen from a rich green through to yellow/orange and finally to a rich red approximately 120 days after transplanting. The extremely long, curved and annular constriction of the Calyx at junction with the peduncle is also a notable feature of this variety. Plants are large and bushy, with ours growing almost 3ft tall. Leaves are ovate in shape and pale green in colour. Plants also display multiple pods and flowers per node (often 5-6 pods per node) and corollas possess the characteristic greenish tinge of other varieties in the chinense species. It is used sparingly (and with great care!) in Bengali cookery and is thought to originate from Northern Bangladesh.


© Mark McMullan

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PETER PEPPER RED (PI 593566)

Species: Annuum Origin: USA Heat: Medium

Regularly voted as the Worlds most pornograpic pepper! This plant produces good yields of 2 ½" long by ½" wide penis shaped peppers. Peppers are mildly hot and turn from green to red when mature (90 days). Note an immature pod is shown here. The chilies are downwards pointing and prefers slight shade and a wind free growing area. nited States Department of Agriculture, PI 593566. Rare.


© Allen M Boatman

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PIRI PIRI

Species: Frutescens Origin: Portugal Heat: Hot

PIRI-PIRI is a Swahili word meaning ‘pepper-pepper’ referring to any peppers. In Portugal, it has come to mean the small fiery hot pepper, found hanging in garlands in all the markets. No chicken is ever ordered in an Algarve restaurant without the question “Com piri-piri?” (with piri-piri?) being asked. Portuguese traders then carried the seeds to their African colonies of Angola and Mozambique. From there, they spread across Africa, along with their Swahili name ‘piri-piri’. To complete the circle, some of the small hot pods were brought back to Portugal, where they have kept their Swahili name up to the present day.


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SCOTCH BONNET

Species: Chinense Origin: Caribbean Heat: Hot

Very closely related to the Habanero chile, the Scotch Bonnet (or Bahamian, Bahama Mama, Jamaican Hot or Martinique Pepper) is just about as hot. It has a similar apple-cherry tomato flavour. Like the Habanero, it is spherical, although rather more squashed in shape and it is smaller, 3.25-4 cm in diameter. Native to the Caribbean, it is available in the UK in green, yellow, orange, white, brown and red as well as multi-toned.


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THAI DRAGON

Species: Annuum Origin: Thailand Heat: Medium

Elongated fruits with pointed end, more or less wrinkled, 3 to 5 cm long, 0,8 cm diameter. Fruits are generally pendant. Fruit colour is dark green to vivid red at full maturity. Upright plant habit.


© Mark McMullan

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ANAHEIM
APACHE F1 HYBRID
AURORA
CHERRY BOMB F1 HYBRID
FRESNO
PETER PEPPER RED (PI 593566)
PIRI PIRI
SCOTCH BONNET
THAI DRAGON
NAGA MORICH (DORSET NAGA)