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UK Chilli Festivals

Fancy a trip to one of the many UK Chilli Festivals this year?

At TheChilliGuy.com we love everything to do with chillies. There are many UK Chilli Festivals happening all over the UK in 2016 where our passion for the super hot chillies is shared. I am hoping to attend some of the festivals and bring you an in-depth report/blog including lots of pictures and videos.

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All of the UK Chilli Festivals are great family events with lots of things to do. There is usually lots of food to taste from mildly spiced food right up to super hot chilli dishes. There are always lots of chilli pickles, sauces, jams, pastes, snacks and don’t forget the chilli beer and chilli cider! Continue reading UK Chilli Festivals

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Ghost Pepper – The original super hot chilli!

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The incredible Ghost Pepper – Naga Bhut Jolokia

For many people the fascination and attraction to super hot chillies starts with the Ghost Pepper also known as the Naga Bhut Jolokia or the Ghost Chilli.

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Ghost Pepper – Naga Bhut Jolokia – image Asit K. Ghosh

 

There has been a suggestion that the name ‘Ghost Pepper’ was derived from the Indian word Bhut which means ‘malevolent spirit’ but it is more likely that it came from the Bhutia tribe which may also have come from the same word. Whatever the source, it is definitely an appropriate name.

The Bhut Jolokia was listed in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chilli in the world. There are now varieties known with a higher Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) – (click here for an introduction to the Scoville Heat Unit system) like the Carolina Reaper and others, but the Naga Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper still commands a very credible reputation as the original king of super hot chillies. Continue reading Ghost Pepper – The original super hot chilli!

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The Scoville Heat Unit explained

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The Scoville Heat Unit in detail

So how hot is a  Super Hot Chilli then and how is the heat measured I hear you ask?
Enter the wonderful world of the Scoville Heat Unit also known as SHU.  When you see a Dorset Naga being measured at over 1,000,000 SHU you now know its Scoville Heat Unit rating but how is that actually measured and how accurate is it?

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A little history

In 1912 a pharmacist called Wilbur Scoville created a system whereby the amount of capsaicin level was measured and although there can be significant variation between chilli pods the scale serves to be indicative of the heat in a particular variety. He was looking to create a heat-producing ointment. What Scoville’s idea was, was to dilute an alcohol based extract made with the subject of the heat test until it no longer tasted  hot. Continue reading The Scoville Heat Unit explained

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New Chilli Varieties Sown

For the last few years we have been growing the famous Dorset Naga, Bengle Naga, Dorset Zinger, Bhut Jolokia and Fire chillies. This year we have decided to trial new chilli varieties  with a view to scaling up production next year. To allow this we have had to get some land and acquire a new poly tunnel to house our growing family of chillies.

New chilli varieties sown for  are:

  1. 7 Pod Brainstrain Red -awesome name!
  2. Guntur Sannam
  3. Katie
  4. Kashmiri Mirch
  5. Burmese Naga
  6. Moruga Scorpion – (on a side note, I love the way my predictive software tries to change Moruga to morgue – the Morgue Scorpion 🙂 )
  7. Fatalii Jigsaw ( predictive text now wants to rename Fatalii to fatal 🙂 – The Fatal Jigsaw Super Hot Chilli!)
  8. Defcon 7 (and predictably Defcon is a Deacon Chilli .. )
  9. 7 Pot Chaguanas

Continue reading New Chilli Varieties Sown

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Super Hot Chilli Seedlings are here

Super Hot Chilli Seedlings

It is always an amazing sight to me when the new season chilli seedlings start to appear –  Our 2016 super hot Chilli Seedlings are no exception. This season the first seeds to be sown were the Dorset Naga, Bengle Naga’s, Dorset Zingers, Fire Chillies, Carolina Reaper, Bhut Jolokia Red, Bhut Jolokia White, Bhut Jolokia Chocolate,  Red Scorpion, and Yellow Scorpion.

Chillies can be slow to germinate so patience is required (not easy for me!) The germination rates after 20 days are :

Continue reading Super Hot Chilli Seedlings are here

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Chilli Seeds Sown for the New Season

Chilli Seeds Sown

This seasons 1st job was to get our super hot chilli seeds sown today. Some old favourites – Dorset Naga, Bengle Naga, Fire and Dorset Zinger. Using good quality seed compost with some added vermiculite, the chilli seeds were sown and lightly covered with a dusting of vermiculite. Chilli seeds can be slow to germinate and the need a hot environment to kick start the germination process.

 

 

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Some new  varieties for this season are : Continue reading Chilli Seeds Sown for the New Season

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Super Hot Chilli Season starts

Super Hot Chilli Season Starts

Our 2016 chilli season starts today and following a great 2015 with our Dorset Nagas, Bengle Nagas and Fire super-hot Chillies. We are looking forward to a great 2016 with many more new super-hot chillies added to our trials. We have added Trinidad Scorpion, Butch T Red (great name isn’t it), Naga Bhut Jolokia (the old favourite), Naga Bhut Jolokia White, Moruga Scorpion, Naga Bhut Jolokia Chocolate, Moruga Scorpion Yellow and the awesome current world record holding Carolina Reaper – what a collection of super-hot chillies.

 

Once ripe, the fresh fruit will be available Continue reading Super Hot Chilli Season starts

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Hello Super Hot Chilli World!

Hello Super Hot Chilli World

Welcome to TheChilliGuy.com blog – we love a super hot chilli!. This is our first post for 2016. Please share your thoughts and  experiences of growing and eating super hot chillies with us here ! We will be sowing all our 2016 super hot chilli seeds this week and we are looking forward to a cracking chilli growing season. We have lots of new varieties for this season as well as a new poly tunnel. Remember to have a look at our online shop where you can but lots of fresh super hot chillies, tried chillies as well as naga chutney.

 

 

Until next time – Happy Chilli Growing!

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