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#1 Mrganjahero

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:27 AM

I spent all of 2018 on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. At one point I was tromping through the very green jungle when a spot of red caught my eye. I thought I was hallucinating. So I stopped in my tracks and took a longer harder look from a distance and asked myself one simple question. Is that a pepper? I thought there was no possible way. How could a pepper plant be out here? As I got closer the realization became stronger, it, indeed, was a pepper.
Two ripe, bright red pods dangled from the spindly plant like two dangly round things. I gawked like a pepper head smitten. I decided to pick them. Surely no one would miss them. Did anyone other than myself even know they existed? I snatched the pods from the plant. One went into my backpack and the other into my mouth. I was certain it would be hot, just a gut feeling. To my surprise and relief it was sweet with a lovely pepper flavor. I was thrilled.
I knew I had to smuggle the seeds back to the States and grow them out in my garden. I did that. I even lied on the customs form when they asked if I was carrying any fruits, vegetables or seeds. They had no clue what I had in my possession. I popped the seeds as soon as I made it back on American soil. I have no idea what it is but based on the flowers my guess is either an Annuum or Chinense. The pods look a little different from the ones I got the seeds from. These ones are a little blockier. The first one has started ripening and it is bright orange. I cant wait to taste them and see if they are as delightful as the ones I found in the jungle. I took some pictures this morning of the plant with the ripe pod for you all to see. Other than my chocolate ghost these are my slowest variety. They are just now starting to produce. The rest of my plants have been giving me ripe pods for at least the past month.

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#2 luvmesump3pp3rz

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:53 AM

the one you ate in the jungle had no heat at all?  or low heat like a jalapeno? just curious.  :cheers:



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 11:24 AM

There was no heat at all. Just sweetness.

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:26 PM

Nice find. It was only one plant, or more of them? Do you have pictures with flowers too?

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:58 PM

My interests are piqued!

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:36 PM

Save seeds please, I'm sure several of us would love a chance at a few seeds.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:49 PM

I'm defiantly a neophyte when it comes to ID'ing peppers, but they look a whole lot like the Tangerine Dreams I grow.  No heat and sweet taste also fits.  



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:51 PM

Yeah but what the fuck do Costa Ricans know about dreams?

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:53 AM

There was only one plant. It was one stick all the way up, no branches. It wasnt getting nearly enough light. Ill post pictures of the flowers tomorrow. Ive grown tangerine dreams several times. I dont think thats what these are. The plants that Ive grown have always been smaller than this one and the pods have been bigger. The thing about CR is there isnt a lot of variety when it comes to peppers. They have big red sweets and then jalapeños and a habanero type they call a panama pepper and thats about all I saw. Im thinking a bird must have deposited it from somewhere. I will definitely be saving seeds, I still have a bit of the original as well. And for the record, Costa Rica is a dream in and of itself. It was the most free Ive ever felt. And for a third world country the quality of life is better than you might expect.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 09:16 AM

Here are the pictures of the flowers.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:15 PM

Good work MrGanja, exciting find. Where are you in SC? Im just NW of Clemson.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:42 PM

Im coastal, between Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 02:03 PM

So you cant be far from McClellanville where good shrimp comes from.

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 02:20 PM

Not far from McClellanville at all. A lot of good seafood comes out of there.

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:28 PM

1. You're a criminal.
2. F the law.
3. As a previous poster mentioned, please save some seeds. I'd definitely want to get my greedy hands on some.
4. Looks like your grow is going quite well, keep it up!

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 08:05 AM

Yeah but what the fuck do Costa Ricans know about dreams?

take your racism to the white supremacy boards and keep it off here please



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:05 AM

take your racism to the white supremacy boards and keep it off here please

I am not trying to support racism, but I am pretty sure Ruid was talking about Tangerine Dreams, not aspiration dreams.

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:14 AM

Really?


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#19 SpeakPolish

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:21 AM

Really?

The previous post talked about Tangerine Dreams.

#20 Ruid

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Posted 15 July 2019 - 10:38 AM

Hey now! I was absolutely not disparaging a race!

I was mocking the third world. Empoverished isn't a race.




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