Posted: 17/10/2013 at 21:27
Tried 3 new chilli varieties (new to me anyway)
Stumpy, which is a mild chilli, 27 thousand Scoville heat units. This had been bred to fit windowcills as it doesn't grow much over 30cms with lots of lovely early fruiting cream chillies which go to orange then red. A very pretty houseplant that you can eat!
Fairy Lights, which is a medium chilli at 47 thousand Scovilles. This plant is unusual in that the flowers are purple as opposed to the normal white. The fruits are first a beautiful deep purple then gradually change to cream, then orange and finally red and because the flowers are pollinated at different times, there is a multicoloured effect of all 4 colours on the plant. A taller variety at around half a metre.
Finally, the Dorset Naga. I have been told that Naga in Malaysian means Dragon and I could well believe it as the Scoville heat rating is between 500 thousand and over 1 million Scovilles. It makes this chilli in the rankings for some of the world's hottest. In a large pot the D.N. will grow to over 1 metre and I have been told will reach up to 1.5 metres if put in the ground in a greenhouse. This plant belongs to Capsicum Chinense group of chillies, so has a very long growing season. I am still waiting for the green fruits to ripen before trying, but there will be a lot of bread and plain yoghurt on hand when I do.
All the above plants were grown this year from supplied seed and are short lived perennials, but they do need warmth to survive a British Winter.