This year again we are growing a range of chilli varieties. We buy the majority of our seed in from Simpson Seeds and Sea Spring Seeds. 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.

 

Anaheim

Mild. Famous development from the original New Mexico State University in early 1900's, low to medium heat with thick flesh, good for sauces and salsas. 

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

Insanely hot. Currently world record holder. This one is only for extreme heat enthusiasts. Gnarled, evil looking pods, mature bright red. Handle with care!

 

Cherry Bomb

Medium hot. Early and productive, small, pendant fruit, ripen from green to red.

 

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

 

Draky

Hybrid. An early and productive vegetable chilli from Eastern Europe, where pepper breeding is a specialty. The large, cone-shaped fruit are mildly hot and change from light green to red as they mature. The flesh thickness matches that of a bell pepper, and the fruit are gorgeous both stuffed and roasted. The tallish plants are easily managed in either the ground or large pots (at least 7.5 litres in volume).

Approximate heat level: mild

Early Jalapeno

The sausage-shaped fruit of this chilli variety have a medium thick flesh and are significantly hotter than either Telica or Jalapeño M, the other jalapeño varieties we sell. They measure about 2.5 x 5cm, and start out a lively green before maturing to a bright red.  The medium-sized plants are quite manageable and can be grown in either the ground or containers, though they will have to be given strong support.

The young, green fruit of jalapeños have a herbaceous, bell pepper flavour that puts its stamp on any dish to which it is added. Indispensable in both Mexican and Southwest American cuisine, they are as versatile as they are well known, and are equally at home when pickled, added to salsas, baked into corn bread, or sliced into rings for pizza toppings.

 

Fairy Lights

A stunning example of chillies at their most colourful, Fairy Lights is a selection we made from the ornamental variety NuMex Twilight. The plants have purple-tinged leaves matched by bright purple flowers that develop into small, cone-shaped fruit measuring about 12 x 25mm. These put on a dramatic display of colours as they turn from luminescent purple to orange then red. The fruit are not only attractive, they are also hot. The plants grow upright, and will stand unsupported both in containers and in the ground.

 

Firecracker

Hot. Ornamental. Colourful erect cones start pale purple, turn white, yellow through to a firery orange/red. Good as a house plant.

 

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 Orange

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

 

Lemon Drop

The attractive, bright yellow fruit are about 70mm long, often with a nipple at the tip. They are very hot, with a sparkling, citrus-like flavour. The tall, straggly plants are modest producers and need support to stay upright.  A specialty chilli that will be much appreciated by gourmands who like some flavour with their heat.

 

Riot

Medium hot. Ornamental with striking flame-like appearance and spicy taste. Clusters of erect fruit.

 

Santa Fe Grande

Medium hot. Increasingly popular with excellent flavour. 3" (7.5cm) orange/red cones. Compact plants grow well in small containers. When de-seeded, they are sweet with mild heat. Leave the seeds in for more bite.

 

Serenade

Medium hot. Large fruiting Jalapeno type. Matures to bright red. Very popular for making sauces and home smoking. 

 

Tabasco

The small, thin-fleshed fruit measure about 8 x 30mm and are hot – the American, Dave DeWitt, states that heat levels range between 30,000 and 50,000 SHU. Fruit are produced late in the season, when they ripen from a yellowish green to an orange and then red.

The plants are medium-size, with an open, branching growth habit. For gardeners wanting to grow an American legend, then Tabasco is the variety to go for.