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AjiLimo
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Aji Limo (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Peru (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A Peruvian specialty that is one of our milder habaneros. The fruit are often top-shaped, though this can vary, even on the same plant. They measure about 30 x 45 mm and have a glossy skin that looks as if it has been polished. When they are young, the fruit are a light yellow colour punctuated with large patches of lilac purple. As they mature, they turn to orange and finally red. The plants are not overly tall and so can be grown either in pots or the ground, though in both cases they will need support. A stunningly attractive plant that will lighten up any greenhouse or conservatory.

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anaheim

Anaheim (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2002) (Diary 2005)
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Origins Mexico (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Bushy plant can grow up to a metre in height with chillis about 20 cm long, medium to thick flesh, with a fresh green taste improved by charring, usually available in its green form, but can be left to ripen to red which is then a bit hotter, close relative to the New Mexico Chilli. Not too hot this green chilli so it can be roasted and stuffed, or dried and powdered in its red form.

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antohi

Antohi Romanian (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2002)
world Origins Romania
Good frying pepper, about 16-20 cm long, these tapered pointed fruits ripen from a pale yellow to orange/red. Early fruiting with a heavy yield. Originating in Romania these sweet peppers are usually fried in a hot pan.

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apache

Apache (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
The widely available apache makes a good dwarf pot plant for the patio or windowsill with a good crop of chillis all summer, plant reaches about 30-45 cm high with a good crop of green ripening to slightly wrinkled red chillis.

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Apricot
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Apricot (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Sea Spring Seeds’ version of a mild habanero, Apricot is virtually heat-free. The elongated fruit are slightly-grooved and measure about 25 x 60 mm. They have an appealing crunchy texture and a wonderfully fresh, aromatic fragrance. As they mature the colour changes from a delicate lime green to a stunning salmon orange. The medium-sized plants are quite tidy and disciplined, and can be grown, with some support, either in pots, growbags or the ground.
Approximate heat level: 35,000 SHU

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aurora

Aurora (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2002)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Small colourful ornamental ideal for growing in a pot which reaches 30-45 cm high, slight purpling on some leaves with tapered upright fruit about 4 cm long, ripens from dark purple to orange to red.

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bangalor

Bangalore Torpedo (Capsicum frutescens) (Diary 2001)
world Origins India (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Bushy plant can grow up to a metre in height,fairly prolific, these 7 cm long hot chillis will ripen from a lime green to a deep red and become twisted and hooked. Good for Indian cooking with a clean hot flavour.

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banana

Banana (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2005)
world Origins USA
Bushy plant can grow up to a metre in height with 15 cm long fruits, this crisp, thick fleshed, mild to medium hot chilli is very similar to the Hungarian wax chilli but slightly milder. Used in sauces or can be roasted and stuffed. Can be found pickled and therefore good as a snack.

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BeaverDam
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Beaver Dam (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A vegetable-type chilli producing mild, cone-shaped fruit that measure a large 70 x 135 mm. The flesh is thick and juicy, and the fruit change from green to red with maturity. Early to produce, the bushy, sprawling plants have weak branches that droop under the weight of the fruit. Nevertheless, they are well-suited to growing in large pots, though some support will be necessary.
Approximate heat level: mild

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Bellaforma
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Bellaforma (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Originally from Tobago, this is a habanero that, at just 700 SHU, has only a touch of heat. The fairly tall plants yield masses of shiny, elongated chillies that measure about 25 x 60 mm and turn from light green to red as they mature. The fruit have a thick, juicy flesh, tender skin and a nice fruity aroma that make this variety a real winner – if you like the habanero flavour without the heat.
Approximate heat level: 700 SHU

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BengleNaga
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Bengle Naga (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Bengle Naga has wrinkled fruit that change from light green to red as they mature. The fruit have an elongated wedge shape and measure about 20 x 60 mm. Given this variety’s pedigree, the fruit deliver magnificently on the heat, reaching in excess of 900,000 SHU in 2011. Ranking among the hottest chillies in the world, it packs enough heat to challenge even the most hardcore thrill seekers. The plants can be quite tall and are better grown in the ground or large pots.
Approximate heat level: 732,000–923,000 SHU

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bolivianrainbow

Bolivian Rainbow (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Bolivia
Tear-drop shaped peppers turn from purple to yellow to orange to red with all colours present on the plant at the same time. Great container plant. Very prolific 2-3 foot plants have purple foliage and flowers and yield tiny, pointed 1 inch fruits.

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bulgarian

Bulgarian Carrot (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Bulgaria (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Stocky plant up to about a metre, good yields of 8 cm fruits, thick fleshed and fairly hot, colour and shape of a carrot. Good for pickling or roasting and stuffing.

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bonda

Bonda Ma Jacqeus (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Caribbean
Fairly tall up to nearly a metre in a pot, this West Indies, aromatic habanero chilli variety is very hot, about 5 cm long ripening from green to yellow.

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calcutta

Calcutta (Capsicum frutescens) (Diary 2009)
world Origins India (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Thin tall plant up to a metre, giving very flavourful but extremely hot 5 - 7 cm chillis, pale green pods maturing to red. Very fragrant and very hot used in Indian dishes.

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Caldero
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Caldero (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Hybrid. Like fireworks on Guy Fawkes night, the fruit of Caldero put on a stunning display of colour, starting out a creamy yellow and changing to orange then red as they mature. The cone-shaped fruit measure about 2.5 cm wide by 8 cm long and are thick fleshed. The tidy, medium-sized plants are ideally suited to container growing when given some support. with their compact growth habit, they take up very little room in the greenhouse. This variety is as versatile as it is good looking, and cooks with a creative flare will certainly find a place for it in their kitchens. Put a few of the yellow fruit in a pico de gallo salsa along with some green jalapeño for a quirky mix of colours.

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cayenne

Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins French Guyana
Bushy plant can grow up to a metre in height, fruits 4 to 6 inches long, these thin fleshed chillis are very widely available fresh in green or red depending if they've been ripened on the bush, has an acidic tart flavour. Used in chilli sauces but main use is its powdered form cayenne pepper. There are now a variety of sizes and colours of this popular chilli.

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cayenne pencil
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Cayenne - Pencil (TSX0525) (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Hybrid. A standard cayenne-type chilli perfect for Indian cooking. The thin, pointed fruit are very uniform, measuring around 140mm long, and hang down from the plants like Christmas tree decorations.  They turn from pale green to red as they mature and are medium hot. The upright, medium-tall plants can be very productive and are suited to growing, with some support, in large pots and grow bags as well as in the ground. (name still to be confirmed)

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Cheeky
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Cheeky (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Africa (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Sea Spring Seeds selection from the Ghanaian land race kpakpo shito, the  small, roundish fruit are about 20 mm in diameter and change from lime green to orange to red as they mature. They are very hot, and their deep lobes make them look somewhat like the cheeks of a bum, hence the name. The plants are a tidy bush and can grow unsupported, making them perfectly suited for small or large pots and grow bags.

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Charleston Hot
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Charleston Hot (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins USA (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Bred in the States, this chilli has been around since the 1990s. Though classified as a cayenne, presumably because of the thin-flesh and elongated shape, the very hot fruit have uncharacteristic blunt ends. Deeply-grooved and about 100 mm long, they are also very attractive as they ripen from pastel yellow to orange and eventually bright red. Distinguished by yellowish green leaves, the medium-sized plants are productive, and do well in large pots, growbags and in the ground.

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cherrybomb
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Cherry Bomb (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2002)
world Origins USA
Produces a large bushy plant with an early productive crop of 3- 5 cm pendant shaped fruit. which ripen from dark green to bright red. Good for stuffing with cheese and baked, or in fresh salsas.

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chilaca

Chilaca (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins USA
Large bushy plant producing a good crop of long 20 cm chillis, ripening from a dark green to dark brown. It is a mild to medium rich-flavoured chilli usually used in Mexican sauces, often dried and then known as chilli pasilla or chilli negro.

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Coffee Bean
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Coffee Bean (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
The tiny, round fruit of this variety measure 9 to10 mm in diameter and have a powerful fruity aroma. They mature from green to bright orange and eventually red, reminiscent of ripe coffee beans. The plants are short and busy and can grow unsupported in both small and large pots.

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black

Czechoslovakian Black (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Czechoslovakia

Large bushy plant up to a metre in height, produces good early yields of 2 inch long hot peppers, which can grow grow upright and turn from black to a deep red when mature. Plant has fuzzy green stems, fuzzy green leaves, and purple flowers.

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DevilsRib
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Devil's Rib (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Ghana (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
An extremely hot habanero chilli from Ghana. The variety has attractive, elongated fruit that measure 20x55 mm. They are slightly ribbed and turn from a shiny green to bright red as they ripen. The plants are sprawling bushes that can be grown either in the ground or large pots.
Approximate heat level: 414,000 SHU

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Dorset naga
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Dorset Naga (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Dorset (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
Dorset Naga is one of the hottest chillis in the world. Its heat level is strongly influenced by growing conditions, so though Dorset Naga fruit will always be extraordinarily hot, there is no guarantee every crop will reach such an astronomical level. The scorching heat of the fruit is combined with a distinctive fruity aroma, making this a truly exceptional chilli. The wrinkled, wedge-shaped fruit ripen from green to red, and can be harvested at either stage of maturity. They can be up to 20 to 30 mm wide at the shoulders and 40 to 50 mm long, but can be smaller when the plants are grown in pots. The plants are tall and ungainly; when given plenty of light and grown in the ground – where root growth is unrestricted – they can reach 1.5 metres or more.

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Draky
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Draky (Capsicum annuum)
world Eastern Europe (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
Hybrid. An early and productive vegetable chilli from Eastern Europe, where pepper breeding is a specialty. The large, cone-shaped fruit are mildly hot and change from light green to red as they mature. The flesh thickness matches that of a bell pepper, and the fruit are gorgeous both stuffed and roasted. The tallish plants are easily managed in either the ground or large pots (at least 7.5 litres in volume). Approximate heat level: mild

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elephants trunk

Elephants Trunk (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2009)
world Origins India (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Plant grows to about a metre, medium hot from East India, ripening from green to red, with thin flesh and a nice flavour, very good for drying. The ends of the fruit can resemble an elephant's trunk as it starts to curl up.

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Fire
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Fire (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Suriname (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Habanero type chilli registered a surprising 572,000 SHU when grown on our Dorset nursery in 2011. The wrinkled, elongated fruit are wide at the shoulder, then quickly taper down to a point. They are about 60mm long, change from green to red as they ripen, and have a lovely aroma when broken open. The plants are fairly tall and do best in the ground or large pots, 10 litres or more in volume. Seed supply is limited and the price reflects this fact. Approximate heat level: 572,000 SHU

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Fairy Lights
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Fairy Lights (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds 2011)
Fairy Lights is a selection made from the ornamental variety NuMex Twilight. The plants have purple-tinged leaves matched by bright purple flowers that develop into small, cone-shaped fruit measuring about 12 x 25 mm. These put on a dramatic display of colours as they turn from luminescent purple to orange then red. The fruit are not only attractive, they are also hot. The spreading, bushy plants are quite short, and will grow unsupported both in containers and in the ground.

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Filius Blue

Filius Blue (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Unknown
Ornamental producing green/purplish foliage and purplish-blue fruits and very hot when young, turning red and mild when they mature. . Oval purple fruit are held upright and retain their color for a long time before turning red

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fatali

Fatali (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Africa
A Habanero relative, this prolific plant can grow up to a metre. The plant produces good yields of 6 cm long by 3 cm wide wrinkled extremely hot fruits which turn from pale green to bright yellow when mature. They have a fruity, almost citrus-like flavour and make a very attractive-coloured hot sauce.

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cgsalsa

Garden Salsa (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Unknown
Plant grows to about a metre, with 15 cm long fruits, ripening from green to red, smooth medium thick fleshed chilli. Great in salsas and salads with not much heat. Good for stuffing and making sauces.

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carib red

Habanero Caribbean Red (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Plant grows to about a metre with lots of productive fruits growing to about 4 cm, ripening from light green to red. Apart from the heat they have a wonderful fruity flavour. As in all habanero types need a longer season to ripen. Used in salsas, chutneys and Caribbean cuisine, mixing especially well in salsas with fruit.

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chochab

Habanero Chocolate (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2006)
world Origins Jamaica (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Plant grows to about a metre with a thick stem, fairly productive fruits growing to about 6 cm, ripening from green to a deep chocolate colour. Apart from the heat they have a wonderful rich flavour. As in all habanero types need a longer season to ripen. Used in salsas, chutneys and Jamaican cuisine.

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Hab Fruit Burst
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Habanero Fruit Burst (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Lower growing to 60cm. Pods hang below foliage like apples. Even the green pods have a very strong fruity aroma. Very hot when fully mature at deep red.

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mustard hab

Habanero Mustard (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2008)
world Origins Caribbean
Plant grows to over a metre with a thick stem, very productive fruits growing to about 5 cm, ripening from light green to a brownish yellow mustard colour, hence its name.

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ohab

Habanero Orange (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2006)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Bushy plant, considering it a habanero type this is a fairly early fruiting variety, 5 cm fruits, ripening from green to an orange. Used in salsas, chutneys and Caribbean cuisine, mixing especially well in salsas with fruit.

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scutaba

Habanero Scutaba (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2006)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Tall plant with smooth skinned fruits about 3-4 cm, very prolific, family early habanero. Ripens from green to a bright red. Used in salsas, chutneys and Caribbean cuisine, mixing especially well in salsas with fruit.

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Hab trinidad
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Habanero Trinidad (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
A slightly milder habanero. Fruity flavoured 1-2" wrinkled fruit.

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white habanero

Habanero White (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2008)
world Origins Peru
Small bushy plant 30-40 cm, best grown in a pot, high yields of 4 cm fruits turning from green to a light creamy yellow colour, extremely hot.

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Hot Scotch
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Hot Scotch (Capsicum chinense)
world Peru (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
A Peruvian specialty that is one of our milder habaneros. The fruit are often top-shaped, though this can vary, even on the same plant. They measure about 30 x 45mm and have a glossy skin that looks as if it has been polished. When they are young, the fruit are a light yellow colour punctuated with large patches of lilac purple. As they mature, they turn to orange and finally red. The plants are not overly tall and so can be grown either in pots or the ground, though in both cases they will need support. A stunningly attractive plant that will lighten up any greenhouse or conservatory.
Approximate heat level: 35,000 SHU
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Hungarian Hot Wax
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Hungarian Hot Wax (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Hungary (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
The fruit start yellow, then turn orange before ripening to a red. They have a medium-thick flesh and measure about 3-4 cm wide and 13-14 cm long. The heat level can be rather variable, but is generally not overwhelmingly high. The variety is early, productive and dependable. Though we don't recommend growing chillies outdoors, this is one of the varieties to try if you absolutely insist on having a go. The medium-sized plants do well in containers as long as they are given some support. In the kitchen this chilli is an all-round, jack-of-all-trades that can be stuffed, fried, or added to salads.

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jalapeno

Jalapeño (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2000)
world Origins Mexico
Nice large bushy plant growing to over a metre, thick fleshed fruits about 7 cm long ripening from green to red if left. They tends to have more of a rounded end than a point. Widely used in Mexican cooking nearly always green, great stuffed with cheese and grilled or BBQ'd

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Jalapneo Early
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Jalapeño M (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
The medium-sized plants of this jalapeño are very productive, especially for a non-hybrid. Fruits measure about 2.5 x 8 cm and turn from green to red as they mature. They are quite hot (reaching 24,000 SHU on our nursery) and are more tapered and less sausage-shaped than typical jalapeño fruit.Indispensable in both Mexican and Southwest American cuisine, jalapeños are as versatile as they are well known, and are equally at home when pickled, added to salsas, baked into corn bread, or sliced into rings for pizza toppings. Though the fruit are traditionally eaten green – when they have a herbaceous, green pepper flavour – they are equally as good when red ripe.
Approximate heat level: 24,000 SHU

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jaloro

Jaloro (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001) (Diary 2002)
world Origins USA
This chilli is a developed early jalapeño which will ripen from a pale green to a golden yellow and then red if left. Similar to jalapeño, thick fleshed, fairly sweet, clean flavoured medium heat chilli.

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jamhot

Jamaican Hot (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Jamaica
Bushy dense plant producing 4 cm bright red, thin fleshed hot fruits. Hot and sweet fruity flavoured and like the habanero goes well in salsas, chutneys and Caribbean cuisine, mixing especially well in salsas with fruit. There is also a yellow variety.

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whippet

Joe's Long Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Bushy plant growing up to and over a metre high, one of the longest chillis to grow up to and over 30 cm long, some slightly curlier than others, will ripen green to red chillis, medium fleshed and medium heat.

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bhut Jolokia Bhut (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2005) (Diary 2006) (Diary 2007)
world Origins India
Nice large bushy plant growing to well over a metre from the Assam region also called ghost chilli. Very outstanding fruits from a 4 cm wide top to up to 9 cm long fairly early ripening from green to orange/red, with the crinkly looking surface.

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choc_bhut

Jolokia Chocolate Bhut (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins India
Nice large bushy plant growing to well over a metre. Another variation of the Bhut Jolokia which are very hot, tapering from a 4 cm wide top to up to 9 cm long fairly early ripening from green to chocolate brown, with the crinkly looking surface.

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orange_bhut

Jolokia Orange Bhut (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins India
Nice large bushy plant growing to well over a metre. Another variation of the Bhut Jolokia which are very hot, tapering from a 3 cm wide top to up to 7 cm long fairly early ripening from green to orange/yellow, with the crinkly looking surface.

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KrimsonLee
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Krimson Lee (Capsicum annuum)
world Peru (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
Hybrid. This vegetable type chilli produces bold, tapering fruit about 4.5 x 20cm in size. The fruit turn from green to bright red as they mature and have a thick, juicy flesh. They are sweet, flavourful and only mildly hot. The upright, medium-sized plants are very productive and can be grown in both containers and the ground. They will need support to prevent them from falling over.
Approximate heat level: mild

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lemon drop

Lemon Drop (Capsicum baccatum) (Diary 2007) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Peru (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds) (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Tall metre plus sprawling bush with delicate stems as it tends to lean over as it becomes heavy with fruit. Also known as Aji Lemon Drop. these chillis grow up to 8 cm long, ripening from a pale green to a bright yellow with a strong lemon flavour to them.

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Loco
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Loco (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Hybrid. An attractive chilli with dark green leaves and purple-fringed white flowers. The short cone-shaped fruit are about 25 to 30mm long and grow above the foliage. They change from a dark lilac purple to orange to red and are medium hot. The plants have a neat, slightly cascading growth habit that makes them ideal for growing unsupported in larger pots.

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lipstick
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Lipstick (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins USA (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Tall thins plant with fattish fruits up to 12 cm long, sweet, thick fleshed pepper ripening from green to red. Large crisp pepper with a good flavour used in salsas or good frying pepper.

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marbles

Marbles (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins USA
Edible ornamental, compact bushy plant growing to about 30 cm high in a pot. Decorative but still edible forming clumps of small 1 cm round upright chillis, ripening from pale yellow to a deep red. Early to mature.

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medusa

Medusa (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2000) (Diary 2001) (Diary 2002)
world Origins USA
Plenty of upright 4 cm long chillis turning from pale yellow to orange and red. Good little ornamental plant for growing on a sunny windowsill, the plant will grow only about 30 cm high but will continually give lots of edible chillis. Easy to grow and ripens early.

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mirasol

Mirasol (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2000)
world Origins Mexico
Growing to about a metre this bushy plant gives about 7 cm long clumps of upright chillis hence its name meaning "looking at the sun". Fruits ripen from green to translucent red with a fruity flavour.

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MulatoIseleno
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Mulato Isleno Poblano (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Hybrid. This vegetable type chilli produces bold, tapering fruit about 4.5 x 20cm in size. The fruit turn from green to bright red as they mature and have a thick, juicy flesh. They are sweet, flavourful and only mildly hot. The upright, medium-sized plants are very productive and can be grown in both containers and the ground. They will need support to prevent them from falling over.
Approximate heat level: mild

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numex

Nu Mex Green (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2000)
world Origins Mexico
Tall bushy plant to about a metre giving 12 cm long, medium fleshed varying in heat, sweet and earthy chillis. The New Mexico Green is excellent in stews, sauces and salsas and also excellent stuffed.

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joe e parker
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Nu Mex Joe E. Parker (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
An  Anaheim / New Mexican-type chilli, the fruit of Joe E. Parker are thick-fleshed and dagger-shaped, and measure about 5cm wide and 15 to 20cm long. They change from green to red as they mature, and are very mild. The plants are medium-sized and could, if given enough support, be container-grown.
Though Anaheim chillies are traditionally eaten green they are a culinary treat at either stage of maturity. Grilled and peeled, the fruit are delicious for stuffing or using in salads, sauces and stews.

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NuMexTwilight
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Nu Mex Twilight (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
NuMex Twilight is an outstandingly beautiful chilli with upright, cone-shaped fruit that measure 10 x 25mm. The fruit start purple, then change to yellow, orange and eventually red as they ripen. Since new chillis are continuously being produced, the plants display fruit at all stages of ripeness, creating a vibrant mix of colours. Though they do well in the ground, the bushy plants are ideal as an 'edible ornamental' grown in a pot and kept in a conservatory or on a sunny windowsill in the house.

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orozco

Orozoco (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins East Europe
Attractive tall growing plant of over 3ft tall plant with purple/black stems producing upright fruits, turning from light green to purple (almost black), yellow, orange, then red. The foliage is purple almost black on the front and green on the back.

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peruvian purple

Peruvian Purple (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Peru
Ornamental type variety produces 4 cm long by 1 cm wide purple pods. The pods ripen to red approximately 85-95 days after transplanting. This beautiful plant has dark purple stems, purple/green variated leaves and produce stunning purple flowers

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peterp

Peter Pepper (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2000) (Diary 2001)
world Origins USA (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Bushy plant to about a metre giving a good yield of 9 cm long fruits. Medium thick fleshed with a sweet hot flavour when ripened to red, also other varieties of yellow and orange. Novelty chilli known for its pornographic shape.

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Pettie Belle
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Pettie Belle (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Africa (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A habanero chilli selected by Sea Spring Seeds from the kpakpo shito land-race of Ghana. A high proportion of the small fruit (about 25 mm in diameter) are bell-shaped, making this variety possibly the smallest bell pepper in the world. They are hot, but measuring around 37,500 SHUs they are still one of the milder habaneros. The medium tall, bushy plants can be gown in the ground or larger pots, though they will need support to stay upright.

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PimentCurry
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Piment Curry (Capsicum baccatum)
world Origins Mauritius (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A Maurtian Aji that is thin-fleshed, wrinkled fruit are about the size and shape of a forefinger, turning from green to red as they ripen. Mauritians like to eat this chilli green, either gently fried in oil or coated in a spicy batter made from chick pea flour and deep fried.

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padron

Piemento De Padron (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2006)
world Origins Spain (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Pimiento de Padron is an unusual dual purpose chilli from the department of Galicia in northwest Spain. In Galicia the young, green fruit of Padron chillies are traditionally harvested at about 5cm in length, when the seeds are still soft and the skin tender. The fruit are then fried in olive oil, topped with a little salt and eaten whole, seeds and all. Though they are usually mild, a hot one occasionally slips through in a culinary game of Russian roulette. Left on the plant, the fruit will eventually grow to about 3cm wide and 10cm long, turning from green to red as they ripen. When mature the fruit are thin-fleshed, fairly hot and can be used as a spice.

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poblano

Poblano (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins Mexico
Bushy plant to about a metre high giving up to 14 cm thick fleshed fruits, varying in heat between mild to medium. The dark green poblano will ripen to reddish brown and is always cooked or roasted. Roasting will give a smokier flavour. Versatile chilli, good for stuffing, when dried known as the Ancho and used in Mexican sauces and moles.

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poinsettia

Poinsettia (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Japan
Bushy plant to about a metre high with upright 7 cm long fruits. This very hot chilli will grow upright in clusters and will ripen green to red will also make an attractive pot plant about 70cm high.

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praire

Prairie Fire (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Compact early ornamental with 3 cm upright chillis, ripening from cream to orange to reds. Good pot plant for growing on windowsills to about 40 cm high with plenty of fruit.

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purple

Pretty Purple (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins USA
Busy early ornamental with 2 cm round/teardrop fruits, ripening from purple eventually to red. Good for growing in pots to about 50-60 cm high with plenty of fruit. The leaf and stem also has slip purple tinges throughout to varying degrees.

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Pumpkin
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Pumpkin (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
This  appropriately-named variety produces pumpkin-shaped fruit that measure 20 mm in diameter. The fruit mature from dark green to orange, and have a strong habanero flavour when ripe. The plants are somewhat prostrate with spreading branches that are laden with fruit. They do  well unsupported in large pots, growbags or the ground.

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PurpleHaze
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Purple Haze (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
An attractive cayenne chilli with elongated (75 mm) fruit that start a stunning dark lilac then turn to a purple-tinged red as they mature. The shrubby, sprawling plants have an open growth habit and are further decorated with purple stems and flowers. They are well-adapted to growing both in the ground and large pots. Approximate heat level: 75,000 SHU

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Raindrop
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Raindrop (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Peru (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A Peruvian specialty that is one of our milder habaneros. The fruit are often top-shaped, though this can vary, even on the same plant. They measure about 30 x 45mm and have a glossy skin that looks as if it has been polished. When they are young, the fruit are a light yellow colour punctuated with large patches of lilac purple. As they mature, they turn to orange and finally red. The plants are not overly tall and so can be grown either in pots or the ground, though in both cases they will need support. A stunningly attractive plant that will lighten up any greenhouse or conservatory. Approximate heat level: 35,000 SHU

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ringfire

Ring Of Fire (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001) (Diary 2004)
world Origins USA (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Bushy plant to about a metre high with curling cayenne type of fruit, 9 cm long, turning from green to red. Plenty of thin fiery tapered chillis developing early in the season and can be grown in pots on a windowsill.

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riot

Riot (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2004)
world Origins USA
Small bushy little plants produces a mass of colourful thin upright pods. The well-exposed pods ripen steadily over a long period from a cream yellow to orange to red. A great container plant for the kitchen windowsill or patio.

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Rodeo
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Rodeo (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
The round fruit measure about 38mm in diameter and change from green to dark red as they ripen. They have a thick flesh, and can be stuffed and pickled for a unique snack or starter. The medium-tall plants are fairly well-behaved and can be grown in large pots and growbags.
Approximate heat level: 5,100 SHU

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robustini

Robustini (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Italy
Good bushy tall plant from the pepperoncini family, fruits about 10cm long, medium fleshed and mild. Usually when yellow to green and commonly pickled to be used in deli bar sandwiches.

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Rooster Spur (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Japan (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Fruits are thin and short (about 4.5x 20mm) and very hot, turning from green to red as they ripen. Rooster Spur is quite late to mature for a C. annuum, and may not reach its full potential in northern Britain. Plants have very small leaves and a bushy growth habit that needs no support. This variety is perfectly adapted to containers, growing equally well in small 13cm pots and larger 30cm ones: the plants just get bigger and bear more fruit as the pots get larger.

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serrano

Serrano (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Bushy plant to about a metre high with good yield. Stems and leaves have fine hairs giving them a fuzzy look. About 6 cm long, thick fleshed chilli, shaped like a bullet, it has a clean fresh green flavour with a good heat ripens from light green to red. Used in salsas, sauces or good for pickling, the ripened red version is sweeter than the green.

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serrano del sol
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Serrano Del Sol (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2005)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Hybrid.  Traditionally eaten green, the bullet-shaped fruit of serrano chillies are one of the mainstays of Mexican cooking. Serrano del Sol is early and prolific, producing fleshy fruit that measure about 1.5 cm wide by 8 - 10 cm long. The fruit ripen from green to red and can be used at either stage of maturity. Unlike most chillis, the plants are characterised by hairy stems and leaves. They are tall and untidy, with many loose branches, and generally do better in the ground.

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Stumpy
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Stumpy (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Named because of its diminutive size. The wedge-shaped, upright fruit are about 30mm long and produced above the foliage in bunches. They are medium hot, and turn from yellow to orange and red as they mature. Because of their small stature and compact growth habit, the plants do especially well in small pots and are ideally suited for windowsill growing.

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Sparkler
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Sparkler (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A result of an accidental cross, these very attractive, small, compact plants produce elongated, pointed fruit that are 30 to 35 mm in length. The fruit are remarkably hot and grow upright above the foliage, changing from pastel yellow to orange to red as they mature. Though somewhat late to ripen, Sparkler has the potential to yield masses of fruit, and is ideal for growing in both small and large pots. A true edible ornamental.

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Spike
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Spike (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Spike produces masses of thin, sharply-pointed and elongated fruit that measure 4x45mm. The fruit change from green to red and are fairly late to mature. The short, slightly sprawling plants are highly productive and grow well in both small and large pots.
Approximate heat level: 97,000 SHU

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superchilli
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Super Chilli (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001) (Diary 2002) (Diary 2005)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds) (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Bushy plant to about over a metre high, with up to 4 cm upright pointed chilli, compact and a very productive chilli plant giving lots of fruit, ripening to orange and red. Fiery heat good in Thai and Asian cooking, or pickle them if you get too many. Good for growing in a pot on the windowsill as its so productive.

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supershep

Super Shepherd (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Italy
Tallish plant to about a metre, giving about 12 cm long fruits, sweet Italian pepper, thick fleshed with juicy strong flavour, ripening green to bright red.

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tabasco
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Tabasco (Capsicum frutescens) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Costa Rica (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds) (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Good pot plant but will grow to well over a metre tall with 4 cm long upright fruits, turning from pale yellow to orange to red. The chilli has a thin flesh and an intense heat and go into the making of Tabasco sauce which originates from Tabasco in Mexico.

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TangerineDream
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Tangerine Dream (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
An attractive variety with round fruit that grow upright and measure about 38 mm in diameter. They are somewhat late to mature, changing from green to a spectacular orange that gives this variety its name. The flesh is thick, making the fruit great for stuffing. The branches of the shrubby plants need support, especially as the fruit develop. Approximate heat level: 2,100 SHU

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telica
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Telica (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
Hybrid. Telica is a jalapeño chilli producing sausage-shaped fruit that turn from green to red as they mature. The thick-fleshed fruit are large for a jalapeño, measuring 34 x 103 mm, and their surface is often marked by corky striations, a trait that that only adds to their appeal. The medium-sized plants produce fruit earlier and in greater abundance than the hotter, 'Early Jalapeno' variety. They can be grown in containers such as large pots and grow bags. Though the fruit are traditionally eaten green – when they have a herbaceous, green pepper flavour – they they are equally as good when red ripe.

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tennesse

Tennessee Teardrop (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins USA
Bushy plant with upright 3-4 cm teardrop fruits ripening from a mottled light purple to a bright red. Good plant for a pot, growing to about 50 cm.

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ThaiGreenCurry
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Thai Green Curry (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Thailand (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
A Thai variety whose name describes it perfectly. The pointed, elongated fruit stretch out to about 150mm. They start a dark green colour, and then turn to an eye-pleasing red as they ripen. The dark green colour of the unripe fruit makes this the chilli of choice for a Thai green curry, while their low level of heat means they won't blow off the top of your head. The large bushy plants are quite tidy, though they will need staking as the productive plants get top heavy as the fruit load increases. Approximate heat level: mild

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thaihot

Thai Hot (Capsicum frutescens) (Diary 2001)
world Origins Thailand
Edible ornamental compact little bush about 80 cm high, so can be grown in a pot on a windowsill. Plenty of 2 cm upright very hot chillis ripening green to red, good in oriental dishes. Very productive plant ideal for drying.

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Thai Mound
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Thai Mound (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2005)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Tiny bullets mature deep red on bushy plants up to 12" (30cm) tall. Ideal windowsill pot variety.

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ThaiPumpkin
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Thai Pumpkin (Capsicum annuum)
world Origins Thailand (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
Its name says it all: a Thai chilli shaped like a pumpkin. The flattened fruits are strongly ribbed and measure about 4cm in diameter. They turn from an attractive green to a bright red as they mature, and are good for stuffing or spicing up a curry. Plants are medium-sized, and their growth habit is best described as an open bush, with branching from the base. Approximate heat level: 36,000 SHU

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tricol

Tri Colour Variegata (Capsicum annuum) (Diary 2001)
world Origins USA (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Stunning ornamental with 2 cm oval purple chillis eventually ripening to red. Good for growing on windowsills to about 1 foot high with plenty of fruit. Each plant will look completely different with the amount of variegation on the leaves, white to green to purple.

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Trinity
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Trinity (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
The deeply grooved fruit of this variety are quite erratic in shape and size, but can be as large as as 30 x 65 mm. They turn from lime green to red as they ripen and, as with other habaneros, are distinguished by a likable fruity aroma that adds a distinctive flavour to salsas and chilli sauces. They are not, however, overly hot,and are more manageable in the kitchen than other habaneros. The medium-sized, spreading plants are absolutely laden with fruit, and need support to stay upright.

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Turtle Claw
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Turtle Claw (Capsicum chinense) (Diary 2009)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds)
The twisted, knobbly fruit of this variety measure about 9.5 x 38 mm, and mature from light green to pastel yellow.  The very hot fruit are a distinctive mix of  habanero and lemon flavours. The plants are very productive and have a bushy growth habit that makes them ideal for growing in pots. Flavourful, productive and compact.

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ventura
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Ventura Poblano (Capsicum chinense)
world Origins Mexico (Seeds - Sea Spring Seeds )
Hybrid. The poblano/ancho type of chilli is characterised by, more or less, heart-shaped fruit that are only mildly hot. They have a rich, complex flavour and a meaty texture that puts them at the top of the chilli must-have list. Thick-fleshed and very dark green. As they mature the fruit turn a spectacular chocolate brown. Delicious at either stage of maturity, the fruit have a shiny skin and are somewhat elongated, measuring about 7 cm x 18 cm. The tall, spreading plants do better in the ground, and will need some support to prevent their branches from breaking. 

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Zimbabwe Bird
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Zimbabwe Bird (Capsicum frutescens) (Diary 2005)
world Origins Unknown (Seeds – Simpsons Seeds)
Masses of 3 cm deep red bullets on bushy plants. Grows well in pots and over-winters well.

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