I feel like I've to relive this post.
I saw this review from Nigel a few months ago and was overly excited to hear his description. I said 'f***, I've to get seeds'.
With the name of Kirmizi Arnaut I didn't find much. So... my obsessive and psychotic face came out, so I've been researching this pepper for weeks
Okay, so this is what I was able to find out. I don't know if that's totally true, but it seems to shed a bit of light on this fabulous strain:
It seems that this pepper isn't Turkish, Albanian, or Macedonian...
but its cultivation extends throughout the entire Balkan area
Its origin is very old and seems to go back to Serbia
, where it is known as Puckovka or Leskova pepper
. At present the tradition of cultivating this variety has almost disappeared and it's only cultivated in southern Serbia.
In the middle of the last century, the cultivation of this variety became very popular in Ex-Yugoslavia
. Today it's also popular in Albania
. So now each country considers it as a variety linked to its culture.
Today, this pepper is known as:
- Acı kırmızı Arnavut
- Albanian hot pepper
- Rezha macedonian
- Vezena piperka
- Elephant pepper
- Puckavka pepper
- Leskovac pepper (city where it continues to grow)
From the looks of it, it is the same initial variety grown in different regions for decades. Possibly, after so many generations, the varieties of each region have developed some specific quality that the others do not have.
This isn't science, just a compilation of information that I've been able to find.
If someone wants to correct or provide new data, everything will be welcome.