Chilli Varieties

Chilli Variety Masquerade

Chilli Variety Masquerade

Part of the Capsicum Annuum Species Masquerade is a very early hot variety with long erect fruits that start purple and mature through yellow, then orange and finally to  red.  Ideal in pots on the patio, grows to between 20-30cm high and 20-25cm wide.

The photo was taken at West Dean 2009 in their plant sale area.

Available in the UK from:-  Nicky’s Nursery
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Poblano (Ripened to Red)

Poblano (Ripened to Red)

The Poblano is a mild chilli (Scoville Units 1000 – 2000) originating from Puebla, Mexico, It is part of the Capsicum annuum species, the most popular of all Chilli species. The plant is multi stemmed and grows to 60cm / 25 inches high, in the UK it is possible to grow these in a Poly tunnel or Green house with out to many problems

The Pods grow to about 15cm / 6 inches long and about 8cm / 3 inches wide are most ofter used when green, but will ripen to red, when dried, it becomes the Ancho and is very closely related to the Mulato.

They have a thick waxy skin, which can be easily removed by roasting over flames or on a BBQ (follow this link to see the process)

You may also like this Anchos stuffed with Cheese recipe

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Super Chilli F1

Super Chilli F1

The Super Chilli is part of the Capsicum Annuum Spices of chillies, it was the first chilli plant I grew in my green house, and it lived up to it name, being very simple grow and produced a very impressive crop.

The plant is of a compact style, and is described as an ornamental, it produces up to 300 fruits, ripening from light green via orange to red, and they can be pretty hot at 35,000 to 50,000 SHU (Scoville Units).

The Super Chilli is idea for growing in pots and makes a very impressive patio plant with it’s up to 7 cm long, slender, pointed fruits pointing upwards, unlike it close relative the Thai Dragon, who’s fruits hang down. The seeds are in the RHS Vegetable Collection and it was grown in at the RHS as part of a trial in 2008 receiving an RHS Award for Garden Merit.

The Super Chilli has been around for a while and has won a number of awards including the 1988 All-America Selections winner in the vegetable category.

In the UK seed are available from:-

And for our US reader, they can be obtained from

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Early Jalapeno Illustration

Early Jalapeno Illustration

Probably the best-known chilli in the world.

Rating at between 2,500 and 10,000 Scoville units they range from mild to hot . A staple of Tex-Mex cuisine, being stuffed with cheese and coated in bread cumbs, in the UK most of us will have come across them sliced and added to Cheese Nachos or as a topping on Pizza.

There are a number of varieties sold as jalapeno’s, but each has the unique cylindrical shape, normally they grow to between 5 – 10cm long and 3 – 4 cm in diameter with the plant growing 60 – 90 cm high and producing between 20 and 30 chillies.

They can grow well in the UK in a green house, taking some 90 days to reach their best.

Mostly they eaten green, the best ones have corky lines in the skin, they will at the end of the season ripen fully to red, farmers will often be unable to sell these and then are then smoked and sold as Chipotles.

You will find them sold in almost every supermarket sliced in jars, some of the best once I have tasted are from Giuliano who do them either whole or sliced.

Available from Hot-Headz and Lupe Pinto’s.

Species: Capsicum Annuum

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