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Can anyone help identify this chilli plant?

I was given a 'mystery' packet of chilli seeds and they've really exploded with large, luscious chilli fruit. Does anyone have an idea of what they might be as I'm hesitant to just try one and then end up in A&E :)



  • I can't say what variety there are but have any of them turned red yet?
    They look more like a chilli pepper.
    Cut one open and remove the seeds. Gently cook in some oil and then try a very small amount.
    Be careful not to touch your face after handling them as the chilli oils are very dangerous to eyes and nose.
    They look good.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,967
    Usually the larger they are the milder they are, and most go red when they're ripe.
    They may have some heat now, but won't be at full strength until it's ripe

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  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,213
    Hello.  They seem to look like the chilli peppers that I grow every year.  The seed comes from Calabre in Southern Italy as there is a large community of Calabrese down here.  I wait for them to turn red and then string them up and dry them for winter use which is: deseed and des talk (keep the seeds for next year) and fry quickly in very hot vegetable oil, drain on kitchen paper.  You can blitz them and sprinkle on any foods as a condiment.  We just had some today, fresh,  gently fried (whole) in a frying pan.  You can stuff the fresh ones (see Elizabeth David's slow roasted peppers).    As @bertrand-mabel has said, beware of hot ones - some are, some aren't.  Here is a photo of mine drying (last year) as my current ones are just starting to turn red now.  This year, has been a bumper crop.  I hope this helps.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,213
    If yours are the Calabrese variety, a rule of the thumb (here) is that the blunt based ones are usually mild, and the pointy ones are the hotties!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,213
    edited August 2021
    PS.  Just read your post @Pete.8  !!  Fried some green ones at lunchtime and got a hottie - but they are not fire like Cayennes, but they are tongue burning material!!  Trouble is, I can never remember which plant were the mild or hot.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • Ending in A&E because of tasting the tip of a chilli pepper is rather dramatic...go on treat yourself 🤣
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  • Thank you all so much for your very helpful info, I think I know what next steps to take now and it sounds like they're definitely the milder peppers which my digestion will be very thankful for :)

    Thanks again everyone!
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,213
    Watch the haemorrhoids!  Why on earth then did you plant these seeds and grow them if you have a fragile tum?
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • Ha..... I'm only kidding, I'll be fine. But some of these new strains of chilli are beyond comprehension when it comes to heat. I'd like to avoid that if possible! :)
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