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#1498965 Which Habanero Is The "Best"?

Posted by austin87 on Yesterday, 12:14 AM

I am getting Jamaican Hot Chocolate and there is room for one Habanero.

I had the privilege to have some Habanero powder in the past and I really loved it, but I didn't asked which variety it was from and the guy I bought it from does not work for that store anymore so I cannot ask him. It doesn't matter though.

I did Googled it but I found nothing about different varieties and tastes. Forum's own search function, didn't turned up anything relevant; strange... Anyway. :)
I will not claim that there is such a thing as a "best" Habanero. We are different persons and we have different tastes. So if you could share our experiences about the Habaneros you have tasted and what Habanero you think is the "best" and why, it would be great!
If we can gather information about all of them I can make a PDF and/or JPEG for the forum. ;)

Neat idea! I would figure out if you do or do not want to include scotch bonnets... They are closely related, similar heat level, and often overlap growing regions.

Based on what I've seen here on THP (as I don't have enough experience to claim a favorite) Jamaican hot chocolate, chocolate hab, all the congos (habaneros from Trinidad), Bahamian goat, and MOA scotch bonnet are all very popular.

I can personally vouch that the Bahamian goat is excellent, and I'm pissed my overwinter and seeds didn't make it this season, so I have no BG this year.

Good luck, excited to watch the results.

#1498509 Making Vinegar

Posted by austin87 on 14 October 2017 - 02:00 AM

I haven't made vinegar but I've looked into it. Covering it is important, but I think the most important thing is to use something that you would actually drink. Garbage in, garbage out.

Doesn't have to be expensive, but if you wouldn't drink it, it's not worth making vinegar out of it.

#1498367 What to do with all these Carolina Reapers?

Posted by austin87 on 13 October 2017 - 02:40 PM

Great looking plants and excellent phenos on those pods, very cool! PhotoBucket screwed up a bunch of pics, but I would try to do something like this: http://thehotpepper....= pepper puree


Good luck!

#1498037 Looking for peppers that taste like a camp fire

Posted by austin87 on 11 October 2017 - 10:38 PM


This is what I had in mind for the stovetop. 4.4/5 stars on 900 reviews. Supposed to be great for indoor.

#1498013 Looking for peppers that taste like a camp fire

Posted by austin87 on 11 October 2017 - 08:13 PM

Why not smoke a pepper you already enjoy for that true smoked flavor?

^ this. It's very easy to smoke stuff. Even a brief hour in a weber kettle or one of the stove top smokers, finished by drying in the oven, will give it some great flavor.

As for vendors here, Joyner's hot peppers (heatmadesimple.com) has a wide variety of excellent smoked powders. Sicman also has great powders but I don't recall if they are smoked.

#1497913 What causes black seeds? (not pubes lol)

Posted by austin87 on 11 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

I've had some pods with black seeds (annum and chinense) and am wondering if anything causes it or can help prevent it.


Granted, some sat on the counter for a few days, but I've also see some in fresh picked pods. Thanks!

#1497787 Coolest Ripening Pics...

Posted by austin87 on 10 October 2017 - 06:49 PM

Couple of full on rainbow pods ripening off the plant, left two are red primos and right two are 7 pot chaguanas, I thought yellow but it looks like they will finish red. Quarter for scale, the primos are pretty big and gnarly.

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#1497752 Can Carolina reapers grow in Austin, TX?

Posted by austin87 on 10 October 2017 - 04:27 PM

Which pepper do you think I could plant without starting indoors? And is the hottest one in that category

I wouldn't try anything hotter than a habanero or scotch bonnet. Peppers germinate best at 80-85 degrees, and your soil might not be that warm consistently until April or May, and that is very late to start and have ripe peppers by end of season. Consider it may take 2-3 weeks to germinate AFTER your soil temps are 80 degrees, and nighttime lows will slow germination down. If you must start outdoors in the ground I would recommend planting some annums like jalapeño or serrano.

#1497690 Can Carolina reapers grow in Austin, TX?

Posted by austin87 on 10 October 2017 - 11:52 AM

Shouldn't be a problem, but you'll probably need to start inside sometime between January 1 and March 1 to get any decent yield out of them.

#1497665 Orange Tree Habanero

Posted by austin87 on 10 October 2017 - 10:07 AM

I've seen some posts on here about it, also called habanero de arbol if you want to search around a bit.

I haven't grown it but it looks pretty cool.

#1497613 "13 Reaper" Tincture

Posted by austin87 on 09 October 2017 - 11:53 PM

Thanks Crispee! And yes I believe age has its way of making it hotter. Just an opinion since most things get stronger in age

Lots of things also degrade with age. By the way your shirt is awesome, and welcome!

#1497581 "13 Reaper" Tincture

Posted by austin87 on 09 October 2017 - 08:20 PM

Does age matter much on a tincture? Alcohol is a pretty powerful solvent, I would guess that most of the heat is extracted within a few days, and that any additional heat extraction after a week or two would be extremely incremental.

#1497311 Looking to Purchase - ALEPPO Peppers

Posted by austin87 on 08 October 2017 - 06:54 PM

Chickens got into the raised bed :( sorry I expected a bunch and can't help you out.

#1496870 Black Super Hots?

Posted by austin87 on 07 October 2017 - 01:51 AM

I got some BBMs last year in a SFRB from 96strat. They were the closest to black I've ever seen.

#1496828 Looking to Purchase - ALEPPO Peppers

Posted by austin87 on 06 October 2017 - 08:14 PM

Looking for some Aleppo peppers for sale if anyone has any surplus or could point me in the direction of some being sold.

I have some plants at my parents' house that I haven't seen in a couple weeks, I may have enough for a SFRB. I'm going over on Sunday. Feel free to buy some if you get an offer before then, but if I have them and you haven't sourced them by then I'll send them to you for $15 or so.