A whole lot of a little bit of this and that. Can't hurt to ask.
Calusa Indian Mound
P. Dreadie Scotch Bonnet
Pimenta de Neyde
Yaki Blue Fawn
Any Pimentón de la Vera varieties
Any interesting crosses
Any cool baccatums
Man...try anything and everything you can get. Thinly sliced fresh peppers are my favorite, from mild to superhot. A lot people aren't into the raw, chinense, fresh flavor, but I f**king love it. Floral, fruity, or otherwise, fresh peppers are where it's at for me.
So, yeah...it's hard to say exactly. Just try anything you can get your hands on. As far as superhots, last year I was really enjoying 7-Pots and King B.O.C from the garden.
I can see it not being for everyones palate. What turned me on to it was the uses in Mediterranean cuisine but then I started adding it to my competition chili recipe because of the raisin undertones that it adds. I always heard of guys adding actual raisins to their recipes and when I found a dried flake that actually had raisin like qualities to it, I started using it and it works great. I love it in white sauce for pasta too. I think the reason you might find it leathery is because a lot of the commercial stuff from syria and turkey is only partially dehydrated leaving it somewhat "oily" in texture. I dehydrate mine all the way.
I've had both commercially made Aleppo and Urfa Biber recently, and the Urfa Biber is definitely what you need to be using. It had a lot of that raisin, tobacco like flavor I think you're looking for. I haven't had home grown Aleppo yet, but the mass produced stuff doesn't really taste like anything at all.
I was wondering if others were having a similar situation! Most of my current pods (about 3/4 of them) are really smooth and kinda misshapen, but there is one that looks okay - wrinkled at least. I assume once things get going everything will tighten up and become more uniform
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Yeah, I never judge a plant by the first handful of pods it puts out, sometimes they're just small and misshapen. This is not always the case, but it happens sometimes. And late in the season too, during winter...I'll get a few 7-pots that look like habs....maybe I should play a prank on someone with those
I had the biggest issue with Aji Omni color X Moa bonnet Yellow. The F1 pods produced if I was lucky 1 seed each. Thankfully I did manage to get a few to germinate this year. I have 3 plants going and a few other very select individuals have some going as well.
I'm afraid that's what I'm going to run into this year. I have a few dozen crosses growing that I made last year. Most are chinense, but quite a few are chinense X baccatum, and a couple chinense X annuum.
I understand that's just part of the gig. I already had a good handful fail to germinate. Most of them were a chinense X Bolsa de Dulce.
But, I'm growing so many, that if they all end up healthy, with plentiful healthy seeds, I won't be able to handle it all!
I'd start them on a super diluted dose of liquid ferts... Or on 1/4 strength liquid fish.
As an alternative, if you have access to rabbit poo, just make a tea out of that, and dilute it 20:1 with your normal waterings, until they get about 5-7 sets of full leaves. Then, full strength ferts.