It is summertime. Have you considered germinating them outside? As an experiment, I germinated some seeds outside in late May this year. No special treatment, I just put the seeds in Solo cups with FF Lucky Dog potting soil and stuck them under the 40% shade cloth with the rest of my plants (all my outdoor plants get shade cloth, as our desert climate can get fairly harsh in the summer) Our highs at the time were around 90, and by the first week of June we were in the 100s. I was a little worried that they would burn up, but they germinated and grew just fine. Surprisingly, those "small and fragile" sprouts actually seemed less stressed by the rapidly rising temperatures than my older and more established plants. Almost like they were born to it. Anyway, they did and are continuing to do just fine. The best part was, I didn't have to mess around with any kind of a hardening off phase. I just made sure not to let the soil in their cups dry out completely, and they did the rest. I realize that your climate is quite different from mine, but still. It might be an option worth considering.
Fresh peppers will be in season soon. I recommend you try AJ's Aji Sampler box when they are available. http://www.peppersby.../aji-a-sampler/ If you can't find something you like in that box, then there is just no hope for you.
But OK, you probably want us to name some specific varieties. I think Brazilian Starfish, Aji Mango, Bahamian Goat and yellow Scotch Bonnets would all be great options for you to try.
And please, stop molesting the poor ladybugs. I mean, how would you feel if some leering perv was taking pictures while you were doing that?
In other words the house gets overrun with peppers, one year you had to perform acrobatics just to get to the front door.
Wait. So not only were your plants giving you loads of healthy fresh peppers, but they were providing you with free CrossFit training as well? WTH? Other folks pay good money for that shiz. Your wife must be a real "glass half empty" kind of person.
Absolutely no recollection of ever buying a Jamaican Mushroom Pepper, but I won't say no to the fruit!
Did you buy any Scotch Bonnets? Jamaican Mushrooms are sometimes mistakenly sold as Bonnets, since the pods look very similar and the two can be easily confused by those who don't know how to spot the differences.
It is really too late to start seeds to grow outside this season. But if you are planning to overwinter them and get a head start on next season, or if you are going to grow them indoors under lights, then go ahead and start them. But if you don't want to bring them inside for several months, then it is better just to wait until next season to start them.
Great review as always, Peter. I grew these last year and I am growing them again this year. The seeds came from Justin. I am thinking that you may have picked that pod a bit early. Mine ripen from light green, to a very pale yellow, then they eventually lighten to a creamy white color. The one you tested still appears to be in the pale yellow stage. They should whiten up nicely if you give them some more time.
Peppers by Mail has seeds for the Butch T Reaper, Moruga Scorpion (in five different colors), various 7 Pots, and should have seeds for Dragon's Breath later in the year.
Pepperlover has you covered on the Naga Morich and Dorset Naga.
Midwest Chileheads has seeds for the Butch T and Infinity.
That's everything on your list except for the Komodo Dragon, which seems to be more of a UK thing anyway. I haven't ordered from any UK vendors, so I can't say who is reputable there. Maybe someone else will know.
Check for aphids. The ants themselves won't harm your peppers, but some ants like to farm aphids, and they will also defend the aphids from natural predators. When I spot a bunch of ants on one of my pepper plants, I often find aphids there as well.