Chilli 'Thai Dragon'

12 chillies to grow

Our expert picked 12 of our favourite chillies – from mild to super hot – to grow.

Whether you love the hit of a super-spicy chilli, or prefer your food mild and mellow, there’s a chilli variety for every taste – particularly if you grow your own.

The heat in chillies is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Most chilli peppers have around 6000 units, but hot varieties, such as the cultivar ‘Habanero’ have as many as 200,000 units.

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