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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:21 PM

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VERY NICE

 

 

Nice movie.

 

 

Very nice indeed!

 

 

Excellent!

 

 

Let's see those Costa Rican seeds!

Thanks guys! 

 

 

OK! Down to the Costa Rican chile scene....

 

 

 

I wish I could say there is a deep, central American love for all things chile, but sadly that isn't really the case. As much as I asked around, each time the conversation came up and I asked why I wasn't seeing more peppers in the markets and in gardens, the answer was always something to the effect of "Tico's don't eat a lot of spicy foods!" 

 

Interesting to say the least! Especially considering that one of the MAIN "condiments" on nearly every table in Costa Rica was something called "Chilero" Simply put, its peppers, carrots, onions, cauliflower, and other random veggies in vinegar. It generally tends to look like this: 

 

 

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This was a quick iphone shot of some in some random soda/cafe but its on nearly everyone's table at home as well. Everyone has their own version on the table. 

 

 

Which peppers do they have? Mainly three types. As seen here are listed from left to right, as listed on labels in markets:

 

 

Aji Dulce, Chile Panameña, Aji Chile

 

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The Dulce (top left) means sweet, and is. 

 

The Panameña (middle bottom) is chinense, sort of like a Caribbean Red

 

The "Aji Chile" (top right) is baccatum  who knows what it's really called. Someone mentioned they are Peruvian. 

 

 

Now, of course I didn't stop there. I kept looking and asking around. At one of the airbnb's we stayed in I took a walk around the gardens and viola! Found some sickly looking plants amongst the flowers. It stays wet in Costa Rica, especially in the wet season. I imagine thats a main reason for the state of the plants. None the less, I found some that clearly are a homegrown pheno of the Panameña and a version of the Chile Aji as well. Perhaps a cross on that last one. Here there are hidden amongst the gardens. 

 

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So...as the trip came to an end, I thought I'd be leaving with only the three main peppers to be found. On the last day of the trip, one of the owners at the airbnb came to us at dinner and handed me a new variety. While it wasn't the freshest, and somewhat starting to dry out, I could still see the unique shape. One he called "Campaña" meaning Bell. 

 

Here is a shot of fresh ones I found after some searching. 

 

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So it seems that it wasn't my lack of attention that resulted in coming up short the first trip to Costa Rica. It's just that they really don't have that many varieties that get grown or eaten there. 

 

 

Either way, these four will be part of my grows from now on and will be featured this coming season for sure! 

Hope you guys enjoyed the info and update. 


Edited by Pepper-Guru, 16 October 2017 - 05:24 PM.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

Nice!

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:23 PM

I can't take it any more. Harvest that lemon drop 🍋 lol

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:02 AM

Thank you ,

interesting indeed.

It almost seems as if they see peppers as normal plants and veggies , not as the speciality product we pepperheads do.

That orange coloured Aji " from Peru" looks like an Amarillo.

 



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Great trip and info. Thanks for sharing

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:40 PM

I can't take it any more. Harvest that lemon drop 🍋 lol

 

I will I will! Just waiting for the right time. 

Thank you ,

interesting indeed.

It almost seems as if they see peppers as normal plants and veggies , not as the speciality product we pepperheads do.

That orange coloured Aji " from Peru" looks like an Amarillo.

 

Yeah, and the "campana" is either bishops crown or Brazilian star fish. Many names for the same genetics! 

 

Nice!

 

 

Great trip and info. Thanks for sharing

 

Glad yall enjoyed it. Contemplating the next adventure now. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something interesting:

 

Malarky was kind enough to send me one of my favorite pepper seeds, Aribibi Gusano (caterpillar) well I ended up with three different plants! 

 

 

I knew the red ones had showed themselves months ago, but today I just realized there was apparently a seedling in the same planting hole as the original and its ripening with huge PEACH colored pods, with pointy tips. Interesting! 

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:09 PM

I can only take credit for eating the aribibi gusano pods...and saving the seeds.
They came in a mixed box grown out by Dale (TGCM) last year.

How cool to have 3 colors show up. I'm glad you did get the white pheno though.
And they looked like monster plants.

Cheers!




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