There’s plenty of people who, when we talk about chillies, like something pretty seriously hot and rightly so. We like some heat too especially in a Spaghetti Bolognese or Chilli Con Carne where our Dorset Nagas come out to play.
The truth is, most people don’t want that amount of heat. We’ve been asked many times, what’s the mildest chilli you’ve got?
Does everyone like lots of heat all the time…..No. Not even us!
These chillies are a fantastic addition to salads and there’s always someone ready to taste them. It’s something different, something tasty and mild which is a welcome distraction from the same old vegetables you’ll find in your salad. If you’re hoping to drop these chillies into a recipe to add some heat, this chilli variety is the wrong choice. Delicate flavours and low heat just get lost in a complex recipe.
This variety is suprisingly a member of the Capsicum Chinense family. Yes, the same one that houses the worlds hottest chillies. That’s the wonder of chillies. There’s some much variety. We grow a yellow variety too that last year, some people said was ever so slightly hotter.
Even so, we’re talking about a chilli that’s less than 500 SHU and milder than Rocket salad.
These plants never really grow that tall. Expect a plant that, with smaller leaves and a compact growing habit is just about spot on for the kitchen windowsill. A small chilli that’s tasty and is so mild even children can pick one off a plant and munch away.
These plants are grown from our own seed. In a good sized pot, expect plants to be less than 2 feet tall with a wealth of fruit that will make your recipes the envy of your friends.
We’re always keen to encourage children to get into growing plants. Let’s face it, if they have a hand in growing it, there’s more chance of them eating it! Hands up who has children who won’t eat anything that looks remotely like fruit and vegetables?!
Like all Capsicum Chinense plants, they are slow growing earlier in the year but as temperatures rise, they start to put on some size. Expect to see flowers as early as late July that then give way to green fruit that ripens to a vibrant yellow.