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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The Chilli Pepper Company - Naga Viper

The Chilli Pepper Company - Naga Viper

Okay…how the hell do i introduce a video like this?? Hmmmm…I KNOW! Let me start by saying that this is by far the stupidest thing i have EVER done on video..i mean this, this hurts LOADS!

The story behind this video goes a little something like this: Gerald fowler of “The Chilli Pepper Company” grew some naga cross trinidad hybrid chilli’s, he then sent a batch off to Warwick Uni to get tested, they turned out to be the HOTTEST CHILLI IN THE WORLD at 1,349,000 SHU…I tasted a sauce made from these chilli’s at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta but had no idea at the time that these were the worlds hottest (neither did anyone else for that matter!) fast foward a couple of months and the news is revealed about the warwick uni test and what they discovered!

Now, I spoke to Ged and he sent me a few of the Naga Viper pods, asking me to do a taste test on video, so I obliged…rather stupidly. He also stipulated that the taste test be one green Naga viper, followed by a red naga viper…again like a fookin numpty I obliged….

I wish I had never done this, I suffered all day tuesday due to these chilli’s and it was’nt much fun! That said the flavour of the pod itself is amazing, it has both a fruity and savoury taste to me, similar to the Naga but not quite the same, the heat is something else entirely, hell if you don’t believe me watch the vid!!




I’ve just noticed from watching this review back, that I say “insane” a hell of alot, note to self, must STOP saying that so much!! anyway…

So there you have it, the day after this video was taken my tongue packed its bags and my arse handed in its notice, the heat affected me so badly thatIi have’nt had anything hot to eat since, for fear of repurcussion!! A huge well done to Ged for growing the current worlds hottest chilli and I hope we see some more sauces utilising this unique fruit soon!

The Terminator sauce is available over at www.chileseeds.co.uk for a paltry £7!! I mentioned this sauce a few times as its the only sauce at the moment that contains the naga viper chilli, so grab a bottle while you can and may the sauce be with you chilefanz!

P.S. Please can people comment on the youtube video as to whether they like the new or old style intro & outro, this is your chance to have your say, depending on what people think depends on whether i keep the new style or go back to the old :)
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Cheyenne F1

Cheyenne F1

The Cheyenne F1 is part of the Cap­sicum Annuum Spices of chil­lies, it is a compact, bushy, early ripening variety, which grows to about 45cm high.

It is idea for growing in grow bags or containers on the patio, it produces lots of bright orange fruits which the plants holds well enabling them to be harvested when required.

Seeds are available from The Chilli Pepper Company, Beara Seeds as well as Nickys-Nursery

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Chilly Chilli

Chilly Chilli

This Chilli is what they call a “Child/Family Safe” variety as its fruits have no heat, it is an ideal patio plant with its beautiful display of up to 5 cm long peppers which are held above the foliage. The peppers start out greenish yellow, gradually changing to orange and maturing to dark red, as you can see from the picture you get all the stages on display.

This long lasting variety requires good soil and plenty of moisture and matures at about 40cm inches tall. it is part of the Capsicum Annuum Species, probably the most common of all the Domesticated Capsicums.

You can find seeds online at Nicky’s Nursery

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