Chocolate Congo Pepper

If you heard a loud unexplainable noise on August 26th, that was me screaming. I had sliced up a bunch of these Chocolate Congo peppers for collecting seed when I noticed my neighbor was out in his yard. He had told me in the past that he liked hot peppers so I saw an opportunity to get a taste test. He popped a large one in his mouth and chewed it up.

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Lagrimas Do Rio Pepper

This Capsicum chinense variety is just about the prettiest pepper I grew this year. The plant itself is beautiful and has sort of hairy stems that tend to be much stronger looking than most of the other peppers I grew. Lagrimas Do Rio peppers look like small ornamental shrubs. The teardrop shaped yellow peppers hang in abundance and just keep coming.

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Golden Marconi Pepper

These big thick sweet peppers hang like Christmas ornaments on strong growing plants. I prefer these over the common Red Marconi peppers. I like to pick them when the peppers are a blend of green and yellow color for an eye dazzling relish or salad plate. Great flavor and very good producers. One of the best open pollinated sweet peppers.

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Stinger

Stinger was my favorite pepper to grow this year. I say that because they are just plain cool and there isn't really anything else like them. This little pepper made me cry. I don't really like hot peppers, but I always try what I grow. There is something that was really scary biting into a pepper that looks like this and is called Stinger.

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Chocolate Habanero Pepper

One of the strongest and best producing plants in the garden this year. Only the Bhut Jalokia plant was larger. Outstanding typical Habanero flavor but much sweeter as most brown colored peppers tend to be. Even if you are not a fan of hot peppers you should grow this one because both plant and fruit are just stunning. You can always give away produce and fans of “heat” will love you.

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Rat Chili Pepper

This is another one of our Capsicum frutescens peppers. This little thing has the prettiest flowers. The plants are strong growers and required little effort to pump out huge amounts of hot little peppers. Rat Chili would be a great candidate for picking green and making clear pepper sauce that is so popular here in the South.

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Caribbean Red Pepper

You might need a soak in a cold tub after eating these monsters. They are a type of Habanero and come in at a whopping 440,000 Scoville units. Very attractive plants that are good producers of fiery but fruity peppers.

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Traseiro Pepper

These took a while to get there, but once they did I got a bucketful of peppers. Start these a little earlier and you should be fine. Don’t pass this one up. The flesh is sweet, crisp and juicy. If you get any of the membrane or seed it will light you up. This Capsicum baccatum pepper comes to us from Brazil and is not like anything I have grown before.

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Serbian Sweet Pepper

One of my favorites out of the garden this year. This is a sweet pepper that I prefer to pick before it is fully ripe. I really liked the aroma and sweet crispness of the pale yellow fruit over the fully ripened orange. Either way, this is sure to become tops on just about everyone’s heirloom pepper list.

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Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)

If you enjoy seeing grown men curled up in the fetal position weeping, then this is the pepper for you. I did not try this one. However, when I was seeding the Bhut Jolokias it was all I could do to not eat one. They have the most enticing aroma. Very unusual fruity fragrance fills the room when you start slicing them. The Ghost Pepper, as it is sometimes known, was begging me to try it.

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Chocolate Congo Pepper Capsicum chinense

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