Two of the varieties which have attracted lots of attention this year are the fearsomely hot Naga Morich
and possible the worlds longest pepper, the Whippets Tail
I have grown Naga Morich for a number years and its always been my 'weapon of choice' for feeding to my mates who reckon they can handle anything. However it wasent until April this year when the variety was brought to most peoples attention after Michael Michaud, a UK agronomist had his Nagas tested by an American laboratory who found them to be almost twice as hot as the current Guinness Book of Records holder - the Red Savina Habanero.
In the world of Chile growing, there are always arguments on what is the world hottest but after growing many of the hottest varieties such as the aforementioned Red Savina, Chocolate Habanero
and Goat Pepper
, believe me, at a reported 970,000 SHU, if you eat a Naga Morich pod whole you will wish you were dead. You can find further information as well as a recipie for thechilemans Naga 'Snake Bite' hot sauce here.
Unfortunately, I didnt get round to sowing my seeds (from last years crop) until late March and aside from a sunny July, the rest of this seasons weather has been terrible. This variety is also slow growing which doesnt help matters although having said that, around half a dozen of my larger plants are flowering and some even have immature pods on them. The missus is going to love the fumes in the kitchen (not) when I finally get round to cooking with these bad boys!!!!
Whippets Tail (also known as Joes long) is a Cayenne type pepper and is the subject of this years Chileman growing competition - 'The Whippets Tail Challenge
'. For a bit of fun, back in April we challenged our pod pals from around the world to see who could grow the longest pod. My best pod so far measures 23cm, a mere tiddler compared to Derek Bureau's (aka Potawie) 28cm monster - and his still growing!! Check out the current leaderboard here
The banter the competiton has generated on the Chillis Galore
forum in particular has been one of the highlights of this growing season with the thread generating 150 posts (and almost 11,500 viewings) the last time I bothered to look. Who said chile growing isn't fun?
Be sure to watch this space for further announcements on next years contest.