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#1510704 Name my Baccatum

Posted by stettoman on 12 December 2017 - 11:04 AM

Thank you ,
I do have Aji Mango that I can compare later.
Slightly thicker skin than on your pics , but very close.
The unripe pods are very light green colour.

Yeh, I noticed that light green. I doubt it's mango related, but the size and shape is mighty close!

#1510547 Name my Baccatum

Posted by stettoman on 11 December 2017 - 03:25 PM

Those lil' guys look a lot like the Aji Mangos I grew this last season. Very sweet, nice smooth hot to them.


The Aji Mangos are a shade oranger than that, though.



#1507843 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 29 November 2017 - 03:09 PM


I think you still need to give it light or it will die.  I don't believe the OW'd pepper plants act like cacti and can go dormant and live in darkness.  They still need some kind of light.


Yah Ben, no worries there. The "dark" end of the office gets indirect light from both a northern and a southern source. She's doing quite well!

#1506193 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 21 November 2017 - 02:08 PM

Ohhh, you just have to make some dried sausage from that deer!


Powders look great!


I say a job well done this season :P



+1 Scott.  Really great season for you, Eric.  Those Aji Amarillo

in the above indoor pic look awesome!  Now to relax for the

winter and enjoy the fruits of your labors!


You guys were a huge help this season, thanks!!


I don't understand that Aji Amarillo. It's not flowering anymore, but the leaves are full and lush, there are a dozen 4 inch pods still in one stage of ripening or another. I've cut my Aji Mango down to 7" tall, no leaves, kept in the dark end of the office, and it's trying to grow leaves....




I haven't pulled it from the pot for a root trim and replant yet, once I do it should go into a comfortable induced coma til Spring. That Amarillo will get the same as soon as it finishes with existing pods. I love the Aji Amarillo, but if I learned anything from this last season, it's that Zone 3 is potted plant territory for them--Just too short a season for them in the dirt.


Actually, most of my grow next year will likely be potted.

#1505246 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 15 November 2017 - 11:03 AM









That's it folks, no more pods on the vine. All you get from me here on out is color commentary.


Like TBG sed, really fun. My little plant (I named Lazarus for the many times I brought it back from the dead) was a real trooper.


You guys are too much. Yes, I'm just sayin' that, what I'd rather do is give y'all a big man hug and a cold, cold bottle of Nordeast, but alas!


OK, carry on. I'll stand over here and....watch.....

#1504894 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on 13 November 2017 - 03:10 PM

Beautiful little lavender pods, Paul!


I'd do some volunteer work, but I'm up to my ears processing the ridiculous spectrum of grow data from this last season to know what and how to grow next year.

#1504263 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 10 November 2017 - 12:45 PM

I had a better harvest than I expected, got lucky with some of these right at the end. Not a lot of vine ripened, but beggars can't be choosers.


I envy you guys who have long enough seasons to enjoy more of these peppers fresh. But I'm not complaining, I got some yummies! 


Most are being dried




There's a large bag in the upper left corner labeled "Bert". These are peppers from Hippy Seed, I was intrigued and bought some, but I also grew an Aji Angelo, seed from Geonerd. I couldn't tell the difference between the pods, though Geo's plant grew a good foot and a half taller and podded up a little sooner. Heat's the same, pheno the same, flavor, everything. Not sure what to conclude, so I conclude nothing.


I've used Aji Mango in a few basic Mexican recipes. Wunnerful! The Aji Amarillo is dedicated to chilis and my Texas bean recipe. So far I've also ground a bottle's worth of Urfa Biber, which I haven't used yet, and a bunch of the Paprika. Got my work cut out, what with a little 'lectric coffee grinder...


I did pick up a boxful of spice bottles, though. A trick I found on the interweb is to drop a couple of dry beans in with the powder to prevent caking. So far so good.




I've read that some like using the powders more than fresh for making hot sauces. I'll have to look for recipes. Right now I'm getting mighty fat spreading pepper jelly on everything. I just got a whitetail back from the processor, going to try a jerk with some chops and the Papa Dreadie chokecherry jelly....MmmmmmmmmmmmmmmBOY!

#1504252 TheGreenChileMonster's 2017 GLOG

Posted by stettoman on 10 November 2017 - 11:37 AM

I'm glad you are enjoying the Pubescens! I would highly recommend growing some aji amarillos next year, if you weren't already planning to do so. They are super versatile in the kitchen.


Yah Dale, I'm going to grow the Aji Amarillos yearly. I have a potted one that I've decided to try to overwinter along with an Aji Mango. The Aji Amarillo seed came from PaulG. Where I am, and with the slow nature of the Aji Amarillo, I'll be potting them all next year, with any luck greenhousing them as well.

#1504140 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 09 November 2017 - 05:12 PM

Zone 3 reporting in yet again.











Damn, that was grueling, eh? Not quite done yet, but there might be just one more. I was right about the cat. Pecker-Snot has decided to take up pepper harassment as a hobby, I'm mulling a fatali powder mouthwashing for the little bastige, but other than being cruel I don't know what that would accomplish.


So, am I ahead? Haven't really been keeping up lately.....

#1504096 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 09 November 2017 - 10:21 AM

The Darlin' Bride has endowed me with a new nickname.


She never could get hers to set. I quit the Sure-Jel. Mrs. Wages kicks it's ass....jes' sayin'......



#1504003 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 08 November 2017 - 02:20 PM

Oh man, now I'm super intrigued, Eric! Did you save seeds from the Dreadie/Mahala pods?

Yessir. I don't suppose I have to ask if you'd like to grow a Dreadie/Mahala of your very own? I'll cull a few for ya.

#1503796 TheGreenChileMonster's 2017 GLOG

Posted by stettoman on 07 November 2017 - 11:34 AM

I also picked a nice pile of Pubescens. There a lot of rocoto pods on my plants that are starting to ripen. I'm hoping we continue to stay frost free for a few more weeks, so I can get at least one more haul.


Oh man, you and Malarky! I had my first slice of homemade English Muffin toast with jelly from that damn recipe of yours this morning...How the hell have I gone without that sweet shit all these years?!?


Next years grow is looking very Pube/baccatum heavy! I need to grow some giant Rocotos to stuff, these are ambrosia!!


Thanks for your stewardship on that recipe, Dale. It made my middle age!

#1503776 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 07 November 2017 - 09:53 AM

😅🤣😁 Eric!!! My wife tells me I burned out my palate years ago with all the super hots...We chile heads all know that's not how it works, but I'm not so sure how well I can taste either....Nonetheless, I would love to try one of those!
I can't remember if I've ever sent you true Bonda Mahala fruit, but I may be able to scrounge up a few presentable pods to send you, if you're interested...

That would be interesting, Gary. One thing I can say: I used that entire SFRB of Papa Dreadies in a batch of chokecherry jelly, but only one or two of the Dreadie-Mahalas in a batch, so there must be a difference. I know the Mahala cross has a pungency I've never experienced...

I'll be alerting you when I get your samples out.

#1503756 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 07 November 2017 - 08:27 AM

Those look great Eric! So they really look like Mahala peppers, but you say they taste like Papa Dreadie? Wow!

I'll be sending you samples, Gary. I would trust your developed palate far more than my simple "like/no like" tongue. I have no issues with you making a liar out of me....

#1503637 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 06 November 2017 - 02:54 PM

Time to process some Rocotos. These just now came out of the bath.





I was curious how Dale was getting that beautiful translucent amber when he made the Rocoto jelly, funny how that works. This is really nummy stuff!