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By Sparkly

Cumbria, United Kingdom Gb

Any chilli growers? I have grown a magnificent chilli in my conservatory-it was in a mixed seed packet called hot caribbean mix so I am not sure which it is. It is about 1.3m tall and hanging with more than 30 long thin fruits, originally green but now red so it looks like a christmas tree. Unfortunately when we used one it was rather dry and flavourless except for the hotness. I wondered if I had left them on the plant too long and should remove them all now. I am continuing to feed it as the pot is quite small and it is still producing fruit. Any ideas?



I would remove the red ones and dry them and store for future use. One way is to pick them with the stalk still attached and thread a needle and cotton, string the cotton through each stalk bit and the hang them up in a warm place to dry.I had a long line hanging in my kitchen window - took about 3-4 weeks. Stored them in a jar.

30 Jul, 2011


The idea is to let them change color, but to pick them before they start to dry, which may only take a day or two for some varieties. Dried ones keep their flavor better if they are dried off the bush.

31 Jul, 2011



10 Mar, 2012

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