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#1520168 Scored some store bought orange manzano

Posted by Bicycle808 on 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.

#1519693 Peppersbymail vs. Pepperjoe

Posted by Bicycle808 on 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....

#1519299 Peppersbymail vs. Pepperjoe

Posted by Bicycle808 on 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...

#1519259 WAL 7

Posted by Bicycle808 on 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.

#1518168 Bad peppers

Posted by Bicycle808 on 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.

#1518151 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 14 January 2018 - 10:54 PM

YBS is an awesome plant man, just wait.

Yeah, it is. The Yella Brains I grew last year (my Rookie year) made me feel like a pro... Reds are vigorous, too.

#1517682 Caramel Carolina Reaper

Posted by Bicycle808 on 12 January 2018 - 08:39 PM

I'd sooner pass bladder stones than grow Reapers... BUT I do feel strongly that these particular pods ought to be called Carmelina Reapers.

#1516221 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 05 January 2018 - 11:24 PM

Semillas.de. click on the Union Jack for the English
Language version of the page.

I ordered from semillas last year. Everything grew true, and everything had excellent 90-100% germ rates, except for the white Fatalii seeds which was like 50% or 60%. I was very happy with the stuff I got from semillas for my 2017 grow, so I am happy to have ordered from them again for 2018. It's coming from overseas (Canary Islands), but shipping was included in the price, and I got zero hassles from any regulatory entities.

FWIW, Peter Merle, the head honcho at semillas, is a THP member... He carries alot of stuff that can be very hard to find elsewhere

#1516165 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by Bicycle808 on 05 January 2018 - 08:25 PM

I won't be able to join y'all on this Growdown, but I definitely plan on following this competition. Yellow Brains are among my favorite chiles; y'all are certain to have a good time.

#1516007 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 05 January 2018 - 09:21 AM

Early and in abundant amounts

I can live with that =D

#1515955 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 04 January 2018 - 09:51 PM

So effing jealous, Crispee. These things produce fairly early, right?

#1515824 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 04 January 2018 - 01:29 PM

....and, i ordered.


I predict that i´ll be annoyed by the smaller version in terms of processing/deseeding them, but i´d have NEVER gotten over my curiosity about the stronger flavor/aroma of the small strain.  As of right now, i´m planning to start more seeds from the large strain than the small, but i intend to grow both...

#1515802 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 04 January 2018 - 11:22 AM

.... I say grow both...


It was probably obvious from the start, but this probably is the best answer.  Seeds are cheap, and i can make room....


Thanks y´all; I´ĺl be ordering today.

#1515746 What's the hottest thing you're growing this year?

Posted by Bicycle808 on 03 January 2018 - 11:22 PM

I dunno.  I´m growing some fairly hot ones.  Primos, for sure.  Might grow BTRs.  Brains, again. I´m growing some of Bhuter´s 7Cinder; the pods he´d sent me were WAY hotter than i´d thought they´d be, but i´m not sure if they´re gonna be a contender among my pepper patches in 2018. I´m still at the point where i´m way more interested in other parameters, beyond SHU.  All of the Superhots kick my ass just fine, so i´m more focused on production, flavor, and kickazz looking pods.


You know what has been more of a concern to me lately?  How long the pods keep fresh and turgid after i pick them.  I really enjoyed growing Naga Morich and i thought they were tasty, but the way those pods got mushy and deflated so quickly after picking?  That really disappointed me....

#1515743 Orange Thai--- help me steer this thing

Posted by Bicycle808 on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM

These are awesome considerations, beyond flavor. Thanks.  I´m amped to get some more opinions and feedback; i´m ordering more seeds tomorrow and i´ll take this thread into consideration as i click on my final decision.


Sometimes, i feel like i over-analyze all this shit, but other times, i think over-analysis of chiles is kinda fun.