Chocolate Congo Pepper

If you heard a loud unexplainable noise on August 26th, that was me screaming. I had sliced up a bunch of these Chocolate Congo peppers for collecting seed when I noticed my neighbor was out in his yard. He had told me in the past that he liked hot peppers so I saw an opportunity to get a taste test. He popped a large one in his mouth and chewed it up.

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Rat Chili Pepper

This is another one of our Capsicum frutescens peppers. This little thing has the prettiest flowers. The plants are strong growers and required little effort to pump out huge amounts of hot little peppers. Rat Chili would be a great candidate for picking green and making clear pepper sauce that is so popular here in the South.

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Santa Rosa

Hands down, this was the best tasting pepper in my garden. I have always loved the Chervena Chuska Pepper, but I have to say that this Santa Rosa Pepper just might give it a run for its money. It is super flavorful and has a nice aroma. It is quite sweet and is good for both fresh eating and for cooking. If you only try one new thing this year, please give Santa Rosa pepper a try.

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Serbian Sweet Pepper

One of my favorites out of the garden this year. This is a sweet pepper that I prefer to pick before it is fully ripe. I really liked the aroma and sweet crispness of the pale yellow fruit over the fully ripened orange. Either way, this is sure to become tops on just about everyone’s heirloom pepper list.

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Lagrimas Do Rio Pepper

This Capsicum chinense variety is just about the prettiest pepper I grew this year. The plant itself is beautiful and has sort of hairy stems that tend to be much stronger looking than most of the other peppers I grew. Lagrimas Do Rio peppers look like small ornamental shrubs. The teardrop shaped yellow peppers hang in abundance and just keep coming.

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Trinidad Perfume Pepper

Trinidad Perfume comes in 2nd place for my favorite pepper. This fruity little pepper looks like it would set you on fire, but it does not really have any heat. It does have flavor. I made a Jamaican type pork dish using these peppers and it was outstanding. The only thing disappointing about this pepper was that I didn’t think to preserve any.

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Caribbean Red Pepper

You might need a soak in a cold tub after eating these monsters. They are a type of Habanero and come in at a whopping 440,000 Scoville units. Very attractive plants that are good producers of fiery but fruity peppers.

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Chervena Chuska Pepper

I am going to go ahead and say this. Chervena Chuska is the best pepper ever. If I could only grow one pepper, Chervena Chuska would be it. Have you seen these new hybrid peppers being marketed both in the grocery store and at other seed companies as “snacking peppers” or “lunch box” peppers? Well they can’t hold a candle to this open pollinated heirloom.

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Traseiro Pepper

These took a while to get there, but once they did I got a bucketful of peppers. Start these a little earlier and you should be fine. Don’t pass this one up. The flesh is sweet, crisp and juicy. If you get any of the membrane or seed it will light you up. This Capsicum baccatum pepper comes to us from Brazil and is not like anything I have grown before.

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Chocolate Habanero Pepper

One of the strongest and best producing plants in the garden this year. Only the Bhut Jalokia plant was larger. Outstanding typical Habanero flavor but much sweeter as most brown colored peppers tend to be. Even if you are not a fan of hot peppers you should grow this one because both plant and fruit are just stunning. You can always give away produce and fans of “heat” will love you.

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Chocolate Congo Pepper Capsicum chinense

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