April 2015

Reported in the Mirror a few days ago was what could be the replacement for the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Chilli Challenge AKA the PUPI Challenge involves eating a chilli pepper on video and then challenging or calling out four of the friends to do the same for a donation to the PUPI foundation of just £1.50, $2 or 2 Euro (The donation can be done on the PUPI web site).

The challenge was started by Argentinian football star Javier Zanetti, who’s nickname just happens to be Pupi, who with his wife set up the PUPI Foundation.The aim of the organization is to help children who were left impoverished by the country’s economic crisis by giving them educational opportunities, as well as taking care of their nutritional requirements.

So who are you going to challenge……


Family run Chillilicious was Scotland’s first and original chilli farm has just opened its much upgraded web site www.chillilicious.co.uk.

Chillilicious New Web Site

2015 looks like being a great year for Chillilicious and sees the farm expanding with a visitors area with a dedicated all chilli farm shop, PYO (pick your own) chilli tunnel, peek-a-boo style working kitchen, teaching glass studio and biodiversity nature trail.

This year they will grow around 4,000 chilli plants, producing upto 12,000Kg of fresh chilli pods from about 50-75 different varieties.


Tesco logoTesco may be having a hard time at the moment, but sales of Chilli sauces are growing rapidly, it has expanded it range from twenty to fifty product in the past 5 years.

  • East End Very Hot Green Chilli Sauce up 100% in the past year
  • Cholula up 80%
  • Encona Creole Pepper Sauce up 70%
  • Encona African Peri Peri Sauce up 50%

Matt Clark, Tesco world foods buying manager, said: “Not only have we more than doubled our range of hot sauces in the last five years, we have also brought in hotter varieties to meet the big demand. Interest has also been created by popular TV programmes such as Man v. Food which have featured chilli challenges making these sauces popular with young adults in particular.

This year Tesco plans to extend its range of extra hot chilli sauces even further.

This can only be good news for the artisan hot sauce maker, a bigger market means more potential customers to convert.

Source – NamNews – Wednesday 8th April 2015

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A book published by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) about Chillies is a fascinating read with tip of interest to both the novice and experienced grower alike.

The book describes what a chilli is, how to grow your own which is followed a very good selection of 26 recommended chillies. Following this is a guide to using and eating chillies that covers the many ways of preserving and cooking chillies.

I forgot to mention there is a foreword by another well known chilli expert Sara Wain. Many of you will know Sara from the West Dean Chilli Festival and the excellent talks she gives and her boundless enthusiasm for chillies.

The booked is listed at £10.00 which is excellent value for such a well made hardback book, it has however already been discounted by Amazon so follow this link for best Amazon price. RHS Red Hot Chilli Grower: The complete guide to planting, picking and preserving chillies

Of course we can only recommend this book so highly as Kay Maguire has kindly included us in the “Further Resources” section proving that not only is she a chilli expert she is kepting up to date as well..

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