Chilli Variety – Dorset Naga

by Hot Juan on December 19, 2010 · 1 comment

in Chilli Varieties

Sea Spring Seeds - Dorset Naga

Sea Spring Seeds - Dorset Naga

The Dorset Naga® was developed by Michael and Joy Michaud of Sea Spring Seeds near here in West Dorset (They also run Peppers By Post, the UK’s first mail order fresh Chilli Company), it was developed from the Bangladeshi chilli the Naga Morich which they originally purchased in a Asian shop in Bournemouth.

After a few years development they created a distinctive and stable variety that has now been recognised by the CVPO (Community Plant Variety Office – http://www.cpvo.europa.eu/),  the BBC’s “Gardeners’ World” television programme recorded the  heat level for Dorset Naga during some tests in 2006 as high as 1,598,227 SHU, but it is generally accepted to rate between 661,000 SHU for green fruit and up to 1,032,310 SHU when fully mature.

The wrinkled, wedge-shaped fruit ripen from green to red, and can be harvested at either stage of maturity. They can be up to 20 to 30 mm wide at the shoulders and 40 to 50 mm long, but can be smaller when the plants are grown in pots.” to quote the description from the Sea Spring Seeds website, please note that they warn that the Dorset Naga is late maturing and can be difficult to grow for the novice.

The Dorset Naga belongs to the Capsicum Chinense species which also such other notable varieties as the Habanero, Scotch Bonnet and the Naga Jolokia.

The Dorset Naga was one of the first million Scoville chillies, and has become so popular that it is stocked by Tesco’s in the UK, the only authorised sell of the seeds is Sea Spring Seeds, who are very careful to maintain the purity of the variety.

So if you fancy growing the Dorset Naga visit www.seaspringseeds.co.uk
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