Pr0digal_son said:It's a hobby and some are grown for shock value or asthetics. I grow shit that would literally kill me if I ate it. I think he is saying he has gotten caught up in the superhot circus act and found out that a single plant will put out 4 or 5 pounds of peppers that are hard to even eat one of. It's happened to 90% of people that grow hot peppers. I for one hate the majority of C.chinense I have grown but continue to grow them trying to find ones that I like. Every year I find a couple,mostly Carribean or bonnet varieties.
Couldn't have said it better. Superhot circus, indeed.
Superhots, it's why you got in to chile growing, right?
It starts with a few jalapenos and perhaps a habanero, but then you discover that there are peppers out there orders of magnitude hotter than these and you feel compelled to grow them and try them. I mean, you aren't really a chile pepper grower unless you've gotten your merit badges for Ghost Chile, Trinidad Scorpion, and Carolina Reaper; right?
Before you know it you're trolling through online forums and seed vendors looking for the very hottest that can found, color variations thereof and you end up dedicating over half your garden to these exotic superhot peppers.
But what do you DO with them?
I'm guilty of all of the above. My current garden makeup is over 70% superhots (through a combination of choice and coincidence) but the reality is that I will make regular USE of low-to-mid-ranged heat peppers a lot more than the blisteringly hot ones. I don't have the tolerance to eat superhot pods whole, and their culinary use is limited at best. This year any superhots I don't trade/give away will be dehydrated for powders/flakes. Last year I had so many scorpions I couldn't give them away to friends/family/coworkers, some were mailed off but a certain amount just went to waste.
So... going forward I'm going to instead try to broaden my possible chile flavor palette, not with ever-increasing Scoville units, but instead exploring the fringes of unique tastes and shapes.
To that end I've ordered the Aji sampler packet from LINDBERGF and placed some non-super seed orders with pepperlover.com. I'm also going to be pulling some of my established superhots at the end of the year for local giveaway/trade; I don't need THREE Naga Morich plants in my garden or FOUR Carolina Reapers.
I guess I've found that personally I've come full circle on the chile pepper growing path in that I'm finding more interest in growing things I'd like to eat and cook with regularly than being "that friend that grows the insane peppers".
My Planned 2016 Varieties
I have either seeds or seedlings started for the varieties below:
Aji Oro Rocoto
Albanian Red Hot
Aribibi Gusano Orange
Cayenne Long Red
Cherry Bomb Red
Chinese Bullet Pepper
Devil's Tongue Red
Ethiopian Brown Berbere
I'd like to find a good source for Shishito Pepper seeds but this might not be the best time of year. CGN21500 is another one I'd like to get viable seeds for but I haven't been able to locate a good/reputable vendor that has them.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions to add to my list it would be much appreciated!
Don't know if you remember, but you very generously hooked me up with a bunch of seeds when I first got started. Glad to have the chance to return the favor. If you PM me your address again when you get the chance, I'll get a box out your way. More than happy to send fresh pods from several of the varieties you mentioned as well as a few others you're bound to like, plus seeds for the Shishito and CGN 21500 you mentioned and some other cool stuff.