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In Topic: Scored some store bought orange manzano

Yesterday, 09:38 PM

Me too... Went to the mercado for some Jalapeños and Poblanos, and saw they had bags of orange Manzanos, too. I'd never tried them before, but they were CHEAP and seemed fresh. Dang, those are tasty peppers. Hotter than I thought they'd be, but they got a casual burn and incredibly fruity flavor.

I saved some seeds from the first pod... I looked into it, and I'm not going to be able to meet their temperature requirements... Lmk if anyone wants seeds.

In Topic: Peppersbymail vs. Pepperjoe

20 January 2018 - 07:07 PM

I have ordered both seeds and pods from Peppers by Mail, and I have always been very happy with what I received. I absolutely recommend buying from PBM. 


I have never ordered anything from the other 2 sites, but if you check Pepper Joe's threads in the Vendor Vault, you will find that their customer feedback is a bit...mixed. Some complaints about seeds not growing true.


Incidentally, White Hot Peppers has Naga Viper seeds in stock now. That site is also run by a respected THP member. IMO, that would be a better option than getting them from Pepper Joe. 


Absolutely gotta second the referral to White Hop Peppers. I haven´t actually grown anything I´ve bought from WHP yet, but Justin (jcw10tc) definitely hooks up nicely packed seeds, with a generous helping of freebies and his site is loaded with really nice pics.  Even better are some of the pics in his older GLOGs here on THP...


Maybe i´m just a sucker for buying from vendors who also post on THP, but it is good to get a sense of who they are, why they´re into this hobby/business, and where their head is at as far as interacting with the Chilehead community....

In Topic: Peppersbymail vs. Pepperjoe

19 January 2018 - 06:18 PM

I have no experience with Pepperhead at all. I have no direct experience with Pepperjoe, but I have been told by multiple sources that the business ain't what it used to be. And that the seeds growing true is a crap shoot. But, like I said, I have nothing empirical to add. Maybe Pepperjoe is rad and I've just heard some negative rumors...

Now, I have ordered both pods and seeds from Peppersbymail. Repeat customer here, and I will definitely order again. Product was great, but more important to me, the owner is THP's own AJDrew. If you're not familiar, AJDrew is extremely active here. He is always willing to give advice, offer insight, etc... And, even in the dead of the North American off season when traffic on THP slows down, he tries to keep the discussion going by posting a lot of threads looking for other growers' opinions and perspectives on various chile topics. I seem to recall ordering seeds from him because he was doing something charitable with the proceeds--I forget the details--but I wanted to support that, and when I got the seeds, he'd tossed in some generous freebies and a handwritten note.

Like I said, I never ordered from the other two outfits, and maybe they're great. I'll let the other members weigh in on those. But peppersbymail offers good seeds at great prices, & fast shipping if they're not snowed-in... And your order will support a family owned and run business, headed up by a guy who is truly dedicated to the Chile Lifestyle. I don't know if that means a lot to you, but it matters to me. Which is why I can't say enough good shit about the business.

Good luck...

In Topic: WAL 7

19 January 2018 - 04:09 PM

I'm not messing with this one yet, but I've read a few thing about it online and I'm a little curious about it too...
I'll be checking back for ppl's thoughts/experiences/plans.

In Topic: Bad peppers

15 January 2018 - 01:29 AM

I´m seeing a lot of hate for Bells, which is puzzling.  I mean, i don´t really want to grow them, b/c i find them boring and i can buy them dirt-cheap, year-round, from ANYwhere that produce is sold.  So, why waste time/space on them?  (Confession: sometimes i´ll see a cool looking ¨designer¨ Bell pepper, and feel a little bit tempted.... but i don´t see it happening any time soon.)  But, i think if we´re being honest, we gotta admit that Bells make great ¨supporting cast members¨ in a good many dishes.  They´re just not ever going to steal the show.... 


As long as I´m making confessions, I have to say that i really don´t dig on chocolate/brown varieties.  Especially the hotter ones.  I really want to enjoy them, and i think they tend to look awesome and every piece of my body, aside from my taste buds, wants to enjoy eating those things.  I even like the smell of the brown pods, generally. And, as a Ween fan, I feel obligated to give the Brown stuff extra attention....


But, like others who dislike the choco chiles, i find the taste to be acrid and somewhat offensive.  Chocolate superhots are a bad experience for me.  I like to sample red/yellow/peach superhots b/c i tend to really enjoy the flavor burst i experience before the pain sets in.  And, i can still hold onto that flavor while i suffer through it.  And, if i´m really lucky, I´ll get to belch hours afterwards and have the flavor repeat on me.  Eating a choco super hot is pretty much exactly like that, except that i hate the flavor bursts.  Chocolate pods at the Hab SHU level are much more tolerable, in terms of heat, of course, but also in terms to the taste.  But, every single time i used them in a dish or just ate ones for S&G, i would basically have 2 thoughts in rapid succession:  ¨That wasn´t all that bad actually....¨ followed by ¨but i would´ve REALLY preferred something Yella or Red or whatever....¨  Once we get down to mild brown pods, like Aji Panca, the brown-ness isn´t really a factor.  But, again, i usually figure that i´d rather ave picked something red, orange, or yellow...


So, despite all of that, i´m going to grow brown chiles again this year.  I have a plan (which probably won´t work) and some ardent wishes (which may come true some day, but probably not in 2018.)  The plan is to let the pods sit on the plant until they are very ripe.  I was trying this with my JHCs last season, and it seemed to help----a very little bit.  Might´ve been the placebo effect.  I´m hoping that my tastes will change in time; i know that ppl who love the brown pods don´t experience them the same way that i do and, as a child, i hated cilantro, mushrooms, and hot peppers.  Now, i love all three of those things.  Maybe, one day, i´ll eat a chocolate pod and really enjoy it...


Sorry to have written so much on this.  I guess that most folks weighing in on this one just kinda dislike a few varieties, and that´s something that can be stated succinctly and without reservation.  My situation with chocolate chiles is different, b/c i am inexplicably conflicted about it emotionally and i am intellectually drawn to the challenge of reversing my own opinion on them.