This year again we are growing a range of chilli varieties. We buy all our seed in from three different suppliers, Simpson SeedsSea Spring Seeds, and The Chilli Pepper Company. A big thank you to them for letting us use their descriptions. 

As we plant throughout the season, we will continue to update the varieties.

 

Bhut Jolokia Red

Very Hot. Also known as the Ghost Pepper. Red, wrinkled fruits. Handle with care! Long and pointed, up to 3" long and 1" across the shoulders.​

 

Caroline Reaper

Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper® is now the Guinness World Record Holder as the Worlds Hottest Chilli Pepper averaging 1.569 Million Scoville Units, and peaking at an incredible 2.2 Million Scovilles.

 

Dorset Naga

Dorset Naga is one of the hottest chillies in the world, capable of reaching a million Scoville Heat Units and more. The scorching heat of the fruit is combined with a distinctive fruity aroma, making this a truly exceptional chilli.  

The wrinkled, wedge-shaped fruit ripen from green to red, and may be harvested at either stage of maturity. They can be up to 30 x 50mm in size, but may be smaller when the plants are grown in pots.

The plants are tall and ungainly, and when grown in the ground or very large pot can reach a height of 1.5m or more. Grown in smaller pots, however, their height can be considerably reduced.

Approximate heat level: 544,000–1,221,000 SHU (from tests done on whole crops grown at Sea Spring Seeds). BBC Gardener's World had a single fruit measured at 1,598,277 SHU

Dorset Zinger

Dare we say it – another superhot chilli exclusive to Sea Spring Seeds. The fruit measure 20 x 50mm, which is fairly small for a superhot, and change from light green to an unusual matt red (i.e. not shinny) as they mature. The skin texture of these chillies is unique; other superhots all have a wrinkled appearance, but these fruit are distinguished by tiny pimples scattered over an otherwise smooth surface. The plants are medium tall and produce yields that can be quite good.

However, what Dorset Zinger lacks in appearance is made good in heat: it has topped a whooping 1 million SHUs. And for chilli heads wanting to grow the latest superhot variety, Dorset Zinger has just arrived.

Approximate Heat level: 1,058,000 SHU

 

​Giant White Habanero

This chilli pepper was originally obtained by a renowned chilli farmer from Italy named Luigi Mauriello. The Habanero White Giant or Giant White Habanero is a variety that he obtained from an Italian trader 20 years ago (1992-1993), this variety comes from an unknown area of the Caribbean. The trader has no more of this variety because he has failed to regenerate the seeds, so now Luigi possesses the true original variety. Luigi distributed the seeds of this variety all over the world, but few people have managed to cultivate it, because it is not easy to grow. A few people have renamed it the White 7 Pot or 7 Pod White. When you cut open this chilli it does not have the thick membrane of a 7 pot or superhot chilli. When you taste it you will find it only has the heat level of most Habaneros. So being part of the Trinidad 7 Pot family is not possible. There is no white 7 Pot in existence to Luigi's or my knowledge. The Giant White Habanero has nice citrus tones and is very tasty. Pods can get huge almost 2 inches in diameter. Once plants are established they will bevery  productive. However they need lots of care when young because they are sensitive to disease and pests. This is most likely a weakness due to genetics. The Giant White Habanero chilli plants grow 3-4 feet tall. Capsicum chinense​

 

Habanero: Fruit Burst

Very, very hot. Lower growing to 60cm. Pods hang below foliage like apples. Even the green pods have a very strong fruity aroma. Very hot when fully mature at deep red. ​

 

Habanero 7 Pot Yellow

Not as hot or quite as tall growing as its red brother but has a wonderful flavour. Fruits have the characteristic shiny wrinkled skin. Mature to a pale yellow. Handle with extreme care. Plants grow to 3-4’.Originally from Trinidad. 

 

Habanero Chocolate

Extremely hot. Ripens from green to chocolate brown. Strongly ribbed fruit have a real kick when mature. Very popular, a good flavour but sadly not of chocolate!​

 

Habanero Fatali

Very, very hot. Bright yellow and early. Longer pods than most Habaneros. This strain originates in West Africa and has a strong citrus overtone. Unusually for a Habanero, Fatali has been good at over-wintering.

 

Habanero Katie

Very, very hot. Preliminary results indicated a Scoville rating of a staggering 1,590,000 Scovilles! Simpsons Seeds believe this to be a new record for a chilli grown in the UK.
Large fruits, very very hot. Handle fruits with care! Probably the hottest chilli in the UK!! 

 

Lemon Habanero

A Habanero with a unique colour and flavour, great for growing in pots. Use where an intense heat is required. measuring 3.5-6cm long and 2.5-5cm wide. Matures from green to lemon yellow.

 

Lucky Seven

Hot. Developed by Simpsons Seeds. Very hot, large fruits, (the largest we have measured was 1 ½" x 3 ¼"). Fruits are smooth, lightly ribbed, maturing to bright glossy red.

 

Orange Habanero

Orange Habanero is a combination of beauty and the beast: it is brutishly hot while being seductively fruity. The fruit are thin-fleshed, measure 30 x 50mm and change from green to a stunning salmon orange as they ripen. The medium-sized plants are incredibly productive, and have a tidy growth habit making them ideal for growing in pots or growbags.

Orange Habanero lends a distinctive flavour to any dish to which it is added, and it is highly ranked for making a top-of-the-league sweet chilli sauce.

Approximate heat level: 249,000 SHU

 

Scotch Bonnet Caribbean Antillais​

Very Hot. Earlier than some of the other Bonnets and very pungent. Uniform fruit ripen red. Seed sometimes treated.​

 

Yellow Bumpy

An attractive, very fragrant and hot habanero producing unusual top-shaped fruit that are pastel yellow with a bumpy surface.

Approximate heat level: 130,000 SHU

The name of this attractive habanero refers to the fruit, which are pastel yellow with, well, a bumpy surface. They have an unusual top-shape and measure about 30 x 35mm in size. Their other distinctive feature is a beautiful citrus aroma, which is in abundance when a fruit is broken open. The plants are just under 70cm tall, with an 85cm spread. If you like your chillies hot this is a great one for the kitchen, while also being a stunning ornamental.