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#1570786 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by Sawyer on 24 July 2018 - 09:10 PM

Harvested some pods from my OW plant yesterday. One of them has a pretty decent shape.



#1569762 Hot pepper fudge for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 20 July 2018 - 11:03 AM

Have two new batches, one flavored vanilla orange and one flavored cherry vanilla. Both are fairly spicy, but not outrageously so.

I've tried a few different sales and shipping options, but for now have settled on this. Pay $7.20 for a SFRB and $1 per ounce for however much you want up to two pounds. That's about how much will fit in a SFRB.

#1567158 Jedisushi06 2018 grow

Posted by Sawyer on 11 July 2018 - 05:47 AM

The seeds were brought back from Manipur India
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Can't get any closer to the source than that.

#1566374 Hot pepper fudge for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 08 July 2018 - 11:18 AM

Heard back from the candy apple experimenters. They melted some (in a microwave or stove top, I don't know; both will work) and drizzled it over slices of Granny Smith apples. Said it was pretty good.

#1566364 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 08 July 2018 - 10:55 AM

Papa Dreadie pods are starting to ripen.

These first pods don't have the desired shape, hence the post here instead of the community glog. This plant is well-isolated in a suburban back yard where none of the neighbors have a garden (as far as I can tell). Once the pod shape... shapes up, I'll start saving isolated seed.

#1566111 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by Sawyer on 07 July 2018 - 11:29 AM

Nice looking garden, Ben. You're growing some really interesting varieties.

#1566105 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 07 July 2018 - 11:14 AM

The jewelweed I was trying to grow here on my place never recovered from being sprayed with insecticidal soap, but I know where a lot of it is growing. Need to grab an armload and do some different extractions to see if I can isolate the active component(s). Not sure about intentionally trying to give myself a case of poison ivy in order to test the extracts, though. I don't normally break out just from casual contact, but on occasion I've had a small itchy spot that I think was ivy.

Anyway, as noted above I scissored the head off a hornworm. But apparently there were two. Noticed yesterday that the entire top of the Tepin plant is missing. Big fat green bastard got smashed for its sins.

And the "Tepin" may be a Pequin. It had round pods last winter, but the new ones are more oval. I guess time will tell.

#1566011 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 08:36 PM

Man, I've had all those issues in my kitchen garden. I can only imagine how frustrating that is on a commercial scale.

#1565879 Jedisushi06 2018 grow

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 11:31 AM


#1565870 Jedisushi06 2018 grow

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 10:32 AM

Looking good. How do the pods on the umorok ghost compare to other chocolate ghosts?

#1565864 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 09:57 AM

Got a spare bubble mailer of that jewelweed? I got into the ivy pretty bad the other day lol

Well, not liking that you got a bad case of ivy, but that you seem to have kept a sense of humor about it.

#1565849 Hot pepper fudge for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 08:15 AM

Haven't tried this yet, but I think substituting chunks of this product for the chocolate chips in cookies would make a great pepper candy chip cookie.

#1565841 2018 - The Farm

Posted by Sawyer on 06 July 2018 - 07:48 AM

Glad to see (some) things are turning around for you, Trent. Any sales are gratifying, even if they don't cover expenses.


Interesting about that brown bhut. I've long suspected brown varieties tend to be hotter than their other-colored counterparts.


I meant to follow up on the milky spore thing. If you're doing no-till on the larger fields, then it'll probably be prohibitively expensive. But if you till the bigger fields, I think that alone knocks out the beetle grubs.


I've only ever applied milky spore to lawn and meadow, but it made a real difference. But even for less than an acre, the cost was around $50.


Hmmm... just checked Amazon and found 40 ounces for $80, enough to treat 10,000 sqft. Claims to be organic.

#1565806 Sawyer '18 – Back from the Void

Posted by Sawyer on 05 July 2018 - 11:01 PM

Very interesting John, I really need to get more into the spices. Retirement is close and once I have the time, I'll see what I can do. Right now we try and grow the stuff that makes up everyday purchases.

Thanks, Scott, I think you'll really enjoy growing spices if/when you get into it. Turmeric is especially fascinating to me. I'm not entirely convinced it lives up to its reputation health-wise, especially when used raw and unprocessed. From what I understand, the traditional method of processing (boiling fresh rhizomes to a certain point, followed by sun drying and grinding) induces chemical reactions that enhance the health benefits. But what really fascinates me is the plants will-to-live. I'll come back to this later, otherwise I won't get my pepper update posted.

I finally have some more plants in the ground, Red Ghosts, Red and Yellow Moruga Scorpions. Many more are newly up-potted to larger pots, PDNXBMJ (or PBJ as I call it in my personal notes - saves space writing), Sulu Adana, a couple of mysteries, and more Scorpions. All of these are getting settled in, but are still pretty camera shy.

The ones that have been potted up for awhile, though, are starting to show some promise. The Padron is coming along:
After losing its first pod, it had a couple more, but I ate one yesterday. The other is just outside the frame to the right in the picture. But it has a lot of buds coming on.

This Bahamian Goat was actually looking a little better yesterday than in this picture from today:
Looking at this before I posted it, I zoomed in to look for pods. (It has some, I swear.) But can you see the evil monster I found? I dropped everything, grabbed some scissors and ran out to dispatch the bastid. It had already eaten one whole growing tip. But it won't be eating anymore.

This mystery plant is doing the best job of all at putting on pods.
The pods look habanero-like, but I don't know. The flowers point downward, but as soon as a fruit sets, it turns to an upright position. Then as the pod puts on weight, it turns to a pendulous position. Maybe that's a common behaviour, but I never noticed it before.

I'm increasingly convinced this one (seed from Mike, aka capsidadburn) is a wild Texas chiltepin:
It had smooth round pea-sized pods on it that persisted all winter. According to Wikipedia, they can get as hot as 2.5 million SHU. I'm skeptical, but the OW pods were definitely hot. I downloaded the paper referenced in the Wikipedia article, but haven't studied it yet. I did notice the 2.5 million number came from a spectrophotometric measurement. HPLC of the same sample yielded "only" 1.6 million SHU.

The wiki article also claims these plants can live up to 50 years. Hmmm...

This last one is another unknown:
I remember sticking a seedling in that pot, er, "temporarily", but don't remember what it is. It took me awhile to remember the tag label, "T&A", stands for turmeric and avocado. (What did you expect?) That's turmeric coming up in the middle. The avocado pits were fairly dried out, so they may not sprout.

#1563631 Hot pepper fudge for sale

Posted by Sawyer on 28 June 2018 - 11:44 AM

One person was going to try melting some and coating apples with it. I haven't yet heard back from her on how that turned out.

I made iced tea with some. I melted some in the boiling water as a (spicy hot) sweetener. I'm still unsure if I like it or not. Mixed with a little vodka over ice, it is very reminiscent of a white Russian.

I am temporarily out of stock. Should have more by mid-week next week at the latest.