So who's growing chillies this year?

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  1. Jun 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM #41

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    I haven't grown chillies in a while. Still using scotch bonnets I grew and dried over 10 years ago.
    Anyway, anyone tried growing these? ají amarillo, I noticed them in a recipe for a peruvian stir fry and they sounded interesting.
     
  2. Jun 13, 2019 at 10:57 AM #42

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    Yeah, I grew three last year to explore Peruvian food. Massive lanky plants that need support, giving massive pods that need a very long season to ripen, so I'd recommend starting them off in Dec/Jan indoors, preferably under light but a sunny window would be ok. Pot up frequently and feed, feed, feed. I started them in Feb and despite the awesome chilli growing weather last year, and their relative tolerance of the cold, I had to bring the plants in overnight as the winter rolled in, in order to get a decent crop. Taste is excellent, a sweet/crunchy/fruity baccatum flavour with some nice heat but nothing overwhelming, and a nice colour. There are a load of Peruvian dishes you can't make properly without it, including cerviche, causa, aji de gallina, papa a la huancaina and lomo saltado, the last of which I guess is the stir fry recipe you were looking at, so it's well worth having a few pods or cubes of paste in the freezer if, like me, you like Latin American food.
     
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    Totally agree with IanM, they need a long growing season! I managed to get a small crop last year from three plants and it was one of the best years for a while. I started the ones in the pic under a grow light in January thinking I would be way ahead of the game by now, but as you can see they are still waiting to take off. The three on the right are Scotch Bonnets that I started from seed a couple of months ago and the avocado seed is there to give a bit of perspective. Birds eye and cayenne peppers are flowering/fruiting, east coast of Fife south facing.
     

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