Chilli Varieties

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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I first came across the name “Aleppo Pepper” in a sauce made by ChilliPepperPete’s son Wilf and decide to investigate it further, kindly Pete send me a pack of the crushed Aleppo pepper to try.

Crushed Aleppo Pepper

Crushed Aleppo Pepper

The chilli is named after Aleppo a city in northern Syria famous for culinary cuisine, being located on the Silk Road in and area of fertile land, it is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, dating back over 4,000 years.

The Aleppo pepper part of the Annuum species and it grown in both Turkey and Syria, and is also known as the Halaby pepper. The pods are ripened to deep burgundy colour and then semi dried, de-seeded and either coarsely ground or crushed.

The flavour is not unlike the Ancho, but oilier and with a hint of salt, I have been told that salt is often used in the drying process. It is not a very hot chilli, with the heat building slowly, but it is packed with a fruity raisin-ish flavour.

If you find a shaker of chilli flakes on the table on your next holiday to Turkey, it is probably Aleppo flakes. I remember these from a trip to Turkey in my youth, but at the time did not know much about the varieties of chillies to even ask about them.

They can be used anywhere you would normally use chilli flakes, I have been using mine in all sort of cooking and especially sprinkled on Pizza’s, they also add a flavour to rice, I have added some to the water during cooking.

You can purchase crushed Aleppo Pepper direct from ChilliPepperPete
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New Chilli Variety - Curry Chilli

New Chilli Variety - Curry Chilli

Gerald from The Chilli Pepper Company has point out to us a new chilli variety. Developed in India as the ultimate chilli for making curries, this has not been created for it’s heat but for the flavour and it used with green as well as red.

The Chilli is a Cayenne type with long thin fruits, that are puckered in appearance

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Bulgarian Carrot

Bulgarian Carrot

If you are selecting chilli plants to grow this year we would recommend you take a look at the Bulgarian Carrot, it produces beautiful bright orange glossy pods and it idea for growing in a large pot on the patio.

A medium heat (2,000 – 5,000 SHU) chilli they are thick fleshed conical shaped pods, they are idea for salsa’s.

The compact plants grow to about 60 cm high.

The seeds are avaible from a number of UK suppliers including:-

The Chilli Pepper Company
Simpsons Seeds
Nicky’s Nursery

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