With their wide range of flavours and heat, chillies are exciting to use in cooking. And what’s even better, they are very easy to preserve so one single harvest might last all through the year.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ySEgA899vI%5DChilehead food-porn. Spicy greetings from my fiery kitchen.
The culinary uses of hot peppers are somewhat close to infinite. They can be made into food and products to enjoy right away or to store for later. Continue reading
Harvesting-time is when growing your own chillies really starts paying off. With just some simple little touches before and while reaping what you sowed, you can boost your yield considerably.
Harvesting Heat: August grow-log update vid with sexy pod footage
Summertime is usually the most laid-back part of the season for a chilli grower. Pests like aphids are not really a concern anymore ever since their predators like parasitic wasps and ladybugs took care of them back in June. And on from the pollinators’ arrival in June and July, the plants have been funneling all their energy into producing fruit. Continue reading
Whether natural or manual: pollination is the step key to setting off the production of fruit from flowers.
Meet the pollinators: vid of insects pollinating flowers on my chilli plants.
The pods that one is after when growing chilli peppers are part of the reproductive cycle of the plants. They contain the seeds that new plants can grow from.
Chillies spread their seeds over large distances by the aid of birds. Birds are immune to capsaicin due to a lack of receptors, so pepper pods are part of their natural diet – seeds included. In contrast to the digestive system of mammals, the one of birds won’t destroy the seeds entirely but rather roughen up their surface. This will actually help the seeds to germinate once a bird has disposed of them.
On the flower of a chilli plant, there are both male and female parts. Pollination is what brings the two together, and thereby initiates Continue reading