I am so looking forward to this Growdown Throwdown. First one I'll be in. These peppers sound amazing.
Thank you Guru for doing this. You are most kind.
They definitely arent all like that, those are the smaller end of the pod scale for the entirety of the season, and the the most like pheno 2 pods. Some of them will be much bigger and contain more seeds, closer resembling a cayenne. Most will be shaped like the ones you got. The pheno 2 had a distinct wrinkle at the top of the pod where the calyx attaches, where as the larger pheno more closely resembled a large cayenne and had generally smooth round shape, gradually coming to a point.
These (pheno 2) produced many more fruit and had a much more striking and complex flavor(sweet, bursting juices, followed by almost chinense heat but not quite) , where as pheno 1 had a more deep, Smokey, hearty flavor much like a standard cayenne or paprika.
There was even a third pheno that I hated, it almost had a mutant-y quality. Super tiny aborted shaped pods, no good for nothing. Huge plants and huge calyx stems with teeeny tiny little nothings turned red on the end. Worthless.
I never kept seeds from those over the last three years, only the other two phenos that came from seeds contained in one of the original dried pods from Sri Lanka.
This year pheno 2 really went nuts and exhibited fruit set like no other year before it, so...thats what everyones getting seeds from.
These are open pollinated again, like last year, so start a handful and keep your favorite for the contest to weigh from.