Chillies come to town
The heat is on at Riverside as we expand our range of chilli peppers this week, including the formidable 'Moruga Scorpion' currently named as the second hotttest chilli pepper in the world!
It's all about Scovilles
Chilli pepper heat is measured Scoville Heat Units. The higher the number of Scovilles, the hotter the chilli. Take a look at our menu below to see how our varieties compare.
|Variety||Scoville Heat Units|
|Basket of Fire||80,000|
|Birds Eye||100,000 - 225,000|
Easy To Grow
Chilli peppers are very easy to grow either indoors or in the garden. They are also very happy to be grown in pots. Their main requirement is for lots of sunshine so place them on a sunny windowsil or in a hot, sheltered spot outdoors. If growing them in a pot then a 5 litre pot will allow for sufficient growth all summer long. Pot them into a good quality multi-purpose compost. They will also require plenty of water as they will be producing masses of flowers followed by lots of wonderful peppers.
Feed your chillies
Like tomatoes, their botanical relatives, chillies will need regular feeding to get the best crop. Once the first flowers have started to form tiny chillies it's time to begin feeding. Use a tomato feed and follow the manufactures instruction.
Harvesting and Storage
Once chillies have ripened, and before they become wrinked, pick your chillies for immediate use. Alternatively they can be kept refridgerated for around a week. As chilli plants produce a bumper harvest, long-term storage is often required. Fortunately, chillies can either be dried or frozen.
A word of warning
Take care when handling chillies and be sure to wash your hands. Consumption and handling should be approached with extreme caution!