A few months ago we had a report from major chilli importer Chilli Pepper Pete that rain had caused havoc in the Naga growing area of India.
India accounts for approx. 40% of the worlds production of chillies and India is now seeing reports that demand is exceeding supply after a poor harvest and an increase in demand, it seems the UK is not the only country having a bit of a chilli revolution.
At the Great Dorset Chilli Festival there where a number of competitions running including a best sauce competition where the visitors got to taste and vote for there favourite products.
The results were as follows:-
Also judged by an expert panel of judges was a chilli plant competition which was open to any who grows chilli for pleasure.
- Best in Show - Charlotte Armes with Chocolate Bhut Jolokia Chilli
- 2nd - Kieron Clarke with Mouruga Scorpion Satan’s Strain
- 3rd - Lesley Reynolds with Black Pearl
- 4th - Charlotte Armes with Nummex Twilight Chilli
And not forgetting the amazing chilli eating competition hosted by our very own Darth Naga
- Saturdays Winner – Ben Brooks
- Sundays Winner – Steve Hayball
M&S have started stocking PAIN 100% from US manufacturer Original Juan. This is probably the hottest thing in M&S. 100% Pain is an all natural Habanero based hot sauce, while not the worlds hottest chilli the Habanero still back a good punch.
Hopefully this will introduce more people to the delights of Hot Sauces, but I think that M&S could have selected a sauce from one of the growing number of UK hot sauce makers.
This weekend you can visit Sea Spring Seeds for there open day on Sunday the 12th August 2012, You will be able to see how they grow there award winning chillies and talk to the experts Michael and Joy Michaud as well as buy plants and seeds so you can grow your own.
Sea Spring Seeds is a small specialist nursery based in West Bexington on the south coast between Weymouth and Bridport, they are famous for many thing, but in the world of chillies this is the home of the Dorset Naga, one of the first known super hot chillies.
Sea Spring Seeds
Sea Spring Farm