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A forum for the ever-increasing band of folk who just love both growing and cooking with chillies

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Comment by Stephen Shirley on September 7, 2010 at 7:57
Based on the fact that Chillis are so promiscuous they make Casanova look like a monk I can pretty well guarantee these are a hybrid cross - and are not a specific variety. They look like Capsicum annuum and like a Jalapeno type.

Depending on what they are a cross result of (the fruits the seed came from are half the story) they should be in the heat range of 2,500 - 6,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) - so 'mild'.

Whatever they are, enjoy them!

(the generally accepted rule with Chillis is that if you plan to save the seed you need to either grow plants of a single variety in complete isolation to other varieties and prevent insect pollination - or grow varieties at least 1 mile apart - once gain to avoid insect cross pollination)
Comment by Mark Willis on September 7, 2010 at 11:32

Here's a couple of "arty" pictures of chillis that I took this morning...

Comment by Mark Willis on September 7, 2010 at 12:07
This is for Stephen: Based on your advice, I don't think I will be saving seed from my home-grown chillis! I think I will revert to known varieties from a commercial supplier. However, it was fun growing the unknown types, just to see how they turned out. The "Type B" ones, which I called "Medium Long" are pretty mild but the others are hotter. I am hoping the Cayenne-style long thin ones will be good...
Comment by Una Bee on September 8, 2010 at 10:58
Had a taste of my first home-grown chillis yesterday, yummy! Judging by the comments below it looks like I found the right place for getting some good tips for growing more next year. :)
Comment by Stephen Shirley on September 19, 2010 at 16:43
I've posted full details in the events section - but just a quick note to say that after the success of this past Saturday we've decided to have a Chilli tasting day this coming Saturday (25/09/10).

If you do make it along please make sure to mention you're a member of UK Veg and we'll give you a packet of Chilli seeds for free!
Comment by Dave Mercer on September 19, 2010 at 21:42
I grow Cayenne and Jalapeno chilli peppers in my tunnel - 132 plants this year - we have just purchased a small chest freezer (5 cubic ft) and it is now half full with chillis - these will be used to make various sauces and chilli jelly - and the chillies still in the tunnel will all be strung up to dry.
Comment by Ian on September 20, 2010 at 12:46
Have made approx 1/2 a pint of sauce using homemade passata, malt vinegar and 3 ripe bhuts. Tis very hot indeed.
Comment by Dave Mercer on September 21, 2010 at 22:16
Easy recipe for Spitfire Sauce - 1 green bell pepper, I onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 2 cloves garlic, 150ml vinegar and chillies to taste - I add about 20 - 25 cayenne including seeds to this recipe. Chop all the ingredients up (just roughly is fine), throw them in a saucepan with the vinegar, bring to the boil, simmer for 20 mins, blitz in a food processor and pour into sterilised jars. I make huge amounts of this, so I frequently just multiply up the ingredients and use a stockpot.
Comment by Mark Willis on September 23, 2010 at 19:35
I've uploaded a couple of pictures of chillis to the website today for all you chilli-lovers to drool over. Don't know how it's been for you, but for me this year has been a really fantastic one for chillis and also tomatoes.
Comment by Craig McKnight on September 24, 2010 at 9:49
Good to see that someone got here before me to start a chilli lovers group!

Growing chillies is a passion of mine (along with all the other stuff I grow) and currently I am growing 20 different varieties of chillies.

I am also the 'Chill Growing Guru' for Wahaca, the Mexican restaurant chain set up by Thomasina Miers, the winner of the first series of the revamped Masterchef. Have a look at for my video guides on how to grow and make the most out of your chillies!

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