It’s been a chilli summer here

25 Aug

This summer, just to ring the changes, and because my tomato crop was so poor last year, I’ve been growing chillies in my greenhouse.

I’ve grown them in the past with some success but last summer I came across Sea Spring Seeds at Hampton Court Flower Show and decided to try some of their varieties.


I’ve grown Purple Haze – described as hot with a respectable heat of 75,000 SHUs. This refers to the Scoville Scale, which ranks the heat of a chilli. Not sure how they do it – I’m sure it’s more sophisticated than just seeing if it blows your head off !
So this chilli is pretty hot but compared to the hottest – naga jolokia coming in at over a million SHUs – it’s pretty tame !


It is however a very beautiful purple colour and makes a very attractive pot plant. My bushes are heaving with fruit and I should be self sufficient in chillies for the rest of the year !

The other variety I have grown is Apache – a smaller green chilli – incidentally, both will ripen to red over the next month or so. Apache is described as dependably hot at 103,000 SHUs.

So don’t be surprised to find chilli in everything from chocolate to jam to stir fries this autumn !


2 Responses to “It’s been a chilli summer here”

  1. shelia August 6, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Im growing purple haze chillis there is a few but when do they go red

    • Emma Webber August 6, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      Mine didn’t go red until they began to dry once I’d picked them in September. They stayed purple until then. This year’s crop is still very much purple !

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