March 2011

The Facing Heaven chilli is so named as it grows with the pods pointing towards to sky. It originated from the Sichuan province in southwest China.

The Facing Heaven Chilli

The Facing Heaven Chilli

The pods are cone shaped and grown to between 3 and 6 cm in length, and 1-2cm in diameter, they are very thin skinned and when dried they produce a nice rattle sound when shaken.

Facing Heaven Chilles are a big part of Szechuan cuisine is unlike any other Chinese cuisine we are use to it he highly flavour with Garlic and Chillies, with the Szechuan peppercorn also playing a signification part.

The pods have a bit of a citrus zing to them and are mild to medium heat so can be used in most cooking, In the UK you may find them in specialist retailers, but they are generally hard to find.

These pods where kindley provided by ChilliPepperPete and can be found on his web site, which also have stock of Szechuan peppercorns. we have a great recipe from ChillipepperPete for a Szechuan Hot Pot coming very soon.

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Hot-Headz are 1st again, and we have made it to 2nd place this month, but Scorchio has dropped to 6th from  2nd last month. The farms and specialist growers are high on the list again this month.  We also welcome back The Hot Sauce Emporium back in to the list.

Pos Site UK World Links
1 www.hot-headz.com
12,293
354,967
28
2 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
20,307
429,048
33
3 www.chillisgalore.co.uk
31,795
325,391
11
4 www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
34,117
604,962
32
5 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
38,262
862,338
42
6 www.scorchio.co.uk
46,938
427,630
60
7 www.mexgrocer.co.uk
52,427
901,523
77
8 www.chileseeds.co.uk
65,098
664,915
22
9 www.dryriverchillies.co.uk
105,739
1,234,800
7
10 www.hotsauceemporium.co.uk
127,706
1,255,362
79
This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 24/03/11)

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Would you like to be growing the worlds hottest chilli?

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”  - 1,463,700 SHU

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” - 1,463,700 SHU

We have a pack of 10 seeds from The Hippy Seeds Co. that we are giving away to one of our luck readers.

The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” has been recently tested at 1,463,700 SHU’s making it the Worlds Hottest Chilli, grown in Australia by Neil from The Hippy Seed Company, we have been lucky enough to get some of the first seeds available.

Note: We will draw the winner on the 21st April 2011, only one entry per person will be included in the draw, we will email the winner on the 21st asking for delivery details, We do not take responsibly for the viability of the seeds or any import restriction.

This draw is now completed – sorry you missed it

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Sea Spring Seeds - Dorset Naga

Sea Spring Seeds – Dorset Naga ...

In 2006, a Dorset Naga chilli was tested by the BBC2 gardening show “Gardeners World” at 1,598,227 SHU’s, you would think this would be the World Record Holder, but Joy and Michael Michaud of Sea Spring Seeds did not feel confident with the result as it was such an extreme figure.

You have to remember this was 2006 and the previous record holder was the Red Savina Habanero at 577,000 SHU’s and it was not until February 2007 that the Naga Jolokia finally displaced it as the record holder with 1,001,304 SHU.

I think this just goes to show that it is possible that any of the chillies listed on our Scovile Heat Chart could if tested on the right day and conditions be the new World Record Chilli.

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