flavor Non-organic vs organically grown taste

A while back, I made a thread asking if it was just me, or if ghost peppers really just didn't taste great. AJ Drew replied to it and offered to send me some organically grown ghosts for me to compare, free of charge, which was extremely generous. A lot of people on the thread were curious, so here it goes:

Non-organic bhuts: while the flavor isn't TERRIBLE, it's just not that good and is overpowered by heat, even when rinsed and deseeded. Not something you'd use except for maybe to kick up heat. To me, they taste like pot pourri smells.

AJ's (organic): WOW! First off, it's not something I want to spit out immediately. The flavor, while a bit faint (probably because it was rinsed), is actually sweet and not all that bad. I could probably sit down and snack on these if they weren't as hot, which I never thought I'd say about ghosts. They still smell like the ghosts I've had, but it isn't such a chemical smell, and it isn't too menacing. I'm actually eating one while writing this and have to say that I really like this flavor. I never thought I'd say that about a bhut.

All in all, this has really opened my eyes and I'm really amazed by what a difference there is.

PS: I wasn't paid to write this or anything and I wasn't even asked to make a thread for it. I just decided that it was actually a significant difference and may benefit everyone to read about it.
(this is also my first time really reviewing pods, so it may not be that great)
 
I guess it's something I never really paid attention to. Lately I've been growing all organic and i'm happy with the results. The biggest difference I've ever noticed was with my lettuce and leafy greens. Theres something about all organic ferts that just seem to make them taste better and more nutrient rich. It may be a little more expensive or a little more difficult to grow but at the end of the day, it's the food we eat so why not put a little more attention into it right?
 
I've never grown anything but organic, so I don't notice differences. However, people will ask if there's any tomatoes left (for that day's picking) because they taste like tomatoes. One friend just commented on the broccoli I gave him awhile ago. He'd frozen it like I suggested, and when he thawed ate it with butter, the taste was so sweet, nothing like the grocery stores.
 
Yes, it does cost more, but Edmick has the right answer. We grow for ourselves and share with others. Why not indulge?
 
Giving credit to it being organic is wrong. AJ would actually appreciate this answer. It's like saying a photograph is amazing because of the camera, not the photographer. Do I like and buy organic? Yes, but not always. Please give credit to the farmer. S/he has the knowledge and experience to grow the best peppers, in the right conditions, with the right media, etc. It's not as simple as saying organic is better. There's some crappy organic peppers and some spectacular non, due to the farmer/grower. But good farmer + organic = good results, indeed. Cheers.
 
I think a side by side grow of the two strains of bhut (the one you grew and didnt like as well as the one AJ grew) in the same conditions would reveal whether or not the taste is simply down to different strains or growing conditions.
 
The Hot Pepper said:
Giving credit to it being organic is wrong. AJ would actually appreciate this answer. It's like saying a photograph is amazing because of the camera, not the photographer. Do I like and buy organic? Yes, but not always. Please give credit to the farmer. S/he has the knowledge and experience to grow the best peppers, in the right conditions, with the right media, etc. It's not as simple as saying organic is better. There's some crappy organic peppers and some spectacular non, due to the farmer/grower. But good farmer + organic = good results, indeed. Cheers.
Jase4224 said:
I think a side by side grow of the two strains of bhut (the one you grew and didnt like as well as the one AJ grew) in the same conditions would reveal whether or not the taste is simply down to different strains or growing conditions.
I agree with you both! However, the people in the thread that this went down in were interested in the results between what I had and what AJ sent, so that's what I stuck with. If people are really interested, I'd be happy to save or purchase seed for AJ's strain and grow them next year and buy a box of bhuts from him next year to compare. I wasn't the one who grew the original ghosts I tried initially, but it's all he grows, so I don't doubt his seeds.

Also, yes. It seems like AJ's expertise is just as big a component as organic vs mainly synthetic or whatever people normally use. If I don't forget, I'll try to get some bhut seeds from PBM and attempt to grow out both strains next season just to eliminate the strain issue, then buy a box from AJ to compare to see how a better grower and organic growing affect the peppers.
 
Organic is a tough thing for some to grasp. Just because it's "organic" does not mean it better. When using organic pesticides, in a commercial setting, you have to apply time and time again. On my peaches, I would have to spray 5-6 times to get sellable fruit. I can go thru and spray once with permethrin that will get me thru the time frame when 95% of the bug damage. The residual levels of organic fruit is off the charts as where the non-organic were sprayed at golfball size, have 2-months to grow and wash themselves. I my self perfer no spray on most things but when it comes to stink and squash bugs I have no problem using conventional sprays.
 
Theirs no excuse in "Feeding the World", Organic produces huge fruit, just have to make sure their fed properly. I see the Tiny fruit in the stores that are "Organic", the food in my mums garden was huge, and it was all Organic.
I did an experiment some years back, their was an article about for difference organic produce is with two farmers side by side, they should be the same but instead one was far more taste and healthier then the other, the difference was the soil on one side had low mineral content, the other high. So to get good crops add volcanic ash/rock powder, so I added Chichilla dust, and my plants did much better. Haven't continued, forgot to do it the next year.
 
 
AJ right about now...
 
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