Chilli chilli is the evening sun

imageWe are officially drowning in chillies right now. It’s a very hot but tasty way to go!  The above picture shows those from our four windowsill grown plants. Two ‘Lemon Drop’ which are the yellow ones, and two ‘Ring of Fire’, the red ones. The green ones in the middle are a mixture of the two. image

We’ve also been growing mini bell peppers in pots outdoors, that have been a great success. I’ve had a supply all summer, and now have a mini glut of these.

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And if that little lot wasn’t enough, we also grew a whole load more on the allotment. A row of peppers and a row of chillies, the majority of which can be seen above. We decided to harvest the majority of them with the threat of colder weather heading our way, as one frost will damage them beyond use.

I’m amazed to have brought back anything from the allotment grown plants. When they were planted back in June, they were pathetically small, and they didn’t grow for weeks, they just sat there looking like little more than a few weeds. I had pretty much given up hope on them, but left them alone, and then by late summer they started to grow and produce flowers, and come September they took off. Late comers to the race, but a final spurt saw them through.

Not bad for a bit of my own seed saved from last years chillies.

We’ve been eating lots of them in various dishes, my tolerance for them increasing ever more, and I have also made some hot chilli sauce which includes a whole head of homegrown garlic. It’s mega hot, but very tasty. Last years dried chillies, which have been working well as a decorative garland in my kitchen, have now gone into making a bottle of chilli oil. I’m sure a new dried garland will be taking its place soon!

I can recommend chilipeppermadness.com for recipes.

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    • Thanks. The allotment grown ones are always much hotter than those grown in pots at home. Maybe because they’re treated a bit harder, in that they only get watered at the start and then only when it rains.

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      • Never tried growing them outside Zoe but may be worth a try sometime. Strawberries watered less often taste more intense so maybe you could be on to something with the chilli too

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      • Yes, I think that goes for most things actually. Too much water just waters down the taste. And chillies are accustomed to growing in hot, dry conditions. James Wongs book called ‘Grow for Flavour’ recommends ‘stressing’ chilli plants slightly by under watering in order to increase the flavour. It’s a proven scientific fact that it makes some plants produce more of the chemical that gives them their flavour. Fine by me, less work!

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    • Yes do. I think they do well in our late summers. Just be sure to start them early (if growing from seed) and get them to a fairly decent size before planting them out in the sunniest / warmest spot you have.

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    • Yep, it’s a fiery one! I ended up putting 9 chillies in, which is probably overdoing it, some were small though. You get a lovely delicious tomato, garlic taste and then, whoa, you get hit by the heat. Good for clearing the sinuses out!

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