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Padron peppers blowing my socks off!

We love shop bought padron peppers so we grew six fantastic plants with lots of flowers and lots of fruit. We tried some for the first time a couple of weeks ago from various plants and they nearly burst our eardrums!! Super hot!! I know you can get an odd hot one every now and then but these are all really hot. It's fine we can use them like regular chilies but why are they so hot? Over water? Under water? What has happened?

Your wisdom gratefully received.
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  • Where did you get the seeds from?
    Kindness is always the right choice.
  • hikiwarihikiwari Posts: 14
    Hello, I got then from Suttons Seeds
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,307
    I think it depends on when you pick them.
    The longer you leave them the hotter they become

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • hikiwarihikiwari Posts: 14
    We picked them when they are 4 or 5cm long - about the same length as the ones you get in the shops.
  • hikiwarihikiwari Posts: 14
    I can't find much information on this on Google

  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    Padron peppers are not hot. My favourite, my father used to grow them. Recipe if you are interested. 

    Luxembourg
  • coccinellacoccinella Posts: 1,372
    You must have bought some other seed if they are hot.

    Luxembourg
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,307
    At the size you picked them they shouldn't be hot.
    So maybe you have got another variety.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Assuming you are picking them green ( I would presume so,) then the only explanation I can think of is that the seeds have gotten mixed up at some point (ie either at your end if you are growing other chilli varieties as well , or at the seller's end).Anecdotally - growing chillies 'meaner' ie with less water and food , does make them hotter , but drought this year notwithstanding I cannot think that that would account for such a huge difference. Sorry not to be able to help beyond this.
    Kindness is always the right choice.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,973
    Yes, may well be that Sutton sent you the wrong seeds.
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