Time to pick the crop…
Here, quite literally are the fruits of my labour. A project which began in January of this year has come to fruition (groan)
Yes folks, for a reason which now escapes me I decided to grow the fiercest chilli of the lot, the Trinidad Scorpion ‘Butch T’ which, incredibly has overtaken the Bhut Jolokia which I also grew as the Daddy.
The chilli world is a funny old place, no sooner have you grown the world’s hottest then it’s been dwarfed by another variety and I for one am announcing my retirement from growing these. As I mentioned before I wanted to experiment with growing and photographing them and I am glad that I did, will I use them? No. Too hot for anything.
But that begs the question of how hot are they? Yes we have the Scoville guide but I mean those fruits grown on English soil? Is there I wonder an argument to say that chillies grown in cooler climates will not produce chillies as hot as the same variety grown in India or South East Asia?
Chillies need sunlight to grow and ripen, the more sunlight the more colour and for me the greater depth of heat and flavour. Whilst mine have turned a nice shade of red I am wondering if they would not, in reality be closer to a Habanero than a Jolokia?
That aside they have fruited very well, I still have a dozen or more to pick. They are as sinister in appearance as they are in taste and whatever the actual heat source there is one thing for certain, they will be incredibly hot and it’s wonderful to be able to grow something so exotic over here.