101-Chillies-to-Try-Before-You-Die-Octopus-Books-£10I am very please to say that the new book – “101 Chillies To Try Before You Die” is now out and about, so far it has been getting very good reviews on Amazon.

A book like this takes about 3-4 months to write, I researched about 600 chillies varieties that was then narrowed down to the 101 required for the book, but many of the them get a mention in the text as there are lots of varieties with multiple names or that have been evolved into new varieties which all added to the story.

Working with this publisher, Cassell part of Octopus Books, was very simple, they mostly just let me get on with it, some chapters where dropped, so they will appear on this web site over time.

I would especially like to thank Joy Michaud from Sea Spring Seeds for her advice and help..

I hope you all enjoy the book, please feel free to add your reviews to the Amazon web page.

Forgot to mention getting great write up in iNews by Rebecca Armstrong


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by Hot Juan on March 19, 2016 · 2 comments

in Product Reviews

Sorry but the ChileFoundry is now Semi-closed.

I will not be updating this site on a regular basis



Here is a great little video from those nice people at Greenhouse Sensation showing how they recommend you sow your chilli seeds.


The 2016 version of Mort is now available from Grim Reaper Foods this year there are 66 bottles available and they normally sell out before I have even had time to surf the web.

Grim Reaper Foods – Mort 2016 Ltd. Edition Scorpion Chilli Sauce

This year the pepper are Red Scorpion from Chris Saunders and Glenn from Glenn’s Peppers. The Scorpion is a horrific beast that while not as hot as the Carolina Reaper, still comes in at around 1.5 million Scovile units.

Russ has sent me a special sample bottle just for tasking, I also have a bottle for my collection oddly numbered 67 of 66 with a little smiley face :-). Looking at the ingredients, this looks like a very classic style of sauce with most of my favourite ingredients, Garlic, Red Wine vinegar and Tomatoes, I am a big devotee of using red wine vinegar in cooking and it works so well with chillies.

The smell from the bottle is intoxicating, and I quickly find this is not a sauce to be taken lightly when you have had a cold and the aroma hits the back of my throat there is only one thing for it, out with the tasting spoon and off we go.

The heat is searing and the coughing starts followed by the hickups, as the heat starts to cool, which take a lot longer that I was expecting, I can taste the garlic, then a little of the tomato just makes its self known, a second slight smaller spoonful and things are returning to normal, the other flavour start to appear.

Ingredients:- Plum Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinegar, Scorpion Chillies, Shallots, Garlic, Sugar, Tomato Puree, Salt, Rapeseed Oil.

Bottle kindly provided by Grim Reaper Foods

Limited editions are a great fun idea, but unfortunately I suspect many will never get tasted, which is a shame, as this is a really great sauce, at only £6.95 for a 100 ml bottle of such a unique collectors item, I must admit it would be a shame to open a bottle with such a neat wax seal.

So I feel extra special being one of the few with a bottle I can enjoy and one I can save in my collection.

Value (7.5/10)


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