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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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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Coal Drop

Striking black peppers on deep dark purple green foliage makes Coal Drop about the prettiest pepper plant I have ever grown. It is not, however, an ornamental pepper. These little black gems are full of flavor and full of heat. They mature to a deep red when fully ripe and take on a bit of sweetness. I never got around to pickling these.

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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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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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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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Trinidad Perfume Pepper

Trinidad Perfume comes in 2nd place for my favorite pepper. This fruity little pepper looks like it would set you on fire, but it does not really have any heat. It does have flavor. I made a Jamaican type pork dish using these peppers and it was outstanding. The only thing disappointing about this pepper was that I didn’t think to preserve any.

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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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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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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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