The Chilli Factor - Sowing, growing and eating chillies has become suc                          
One crop at Sow Seeds we can’t do without is Chillies and last year was our best ever season. It may seem like a long time and a lot of care is required for such a short season crop but with a bit of planning chillies can be picked from July to November. Chillies can be used all year round, either fresh, frozen, dried, ground, made into colourful ristas, chilli jams & jellies and we have even made 'Firewater' with our own Chillies infused in Vodka. Growing your own makes your food and drink so much more inventive.

Sowing, growing and eating chillies has become such a passion and the choice of varieties available to the home grower is so extensive. As foodies and gardeners alike we love to experiment and cook up authentic cuisine from all over the world and a bag of generic red or green supermarket chillies is now not enough. Our tastes have become more discerning and we now realise that chillies are not just about the heat but they can also have defining sweet, smoky or fruity flavours.

We currently have over 65 different varieties of Chilli Seeds and have sourced the following 10 new ones for this coming season (even Paddington Bear might have enjoyed some of our new chillies that have originated from ‘deepest darkest Peru’ on his Marmalade Sandwiches)! Varieties like Aji Panca, Aji Amarillo or Aji Peruvian are key ingredients used in Peruvian cooking.

Comments

  • Posted On March 30, 2015 by Gillian BC

    I’ve bought two of your lovely chilli varieties and they’re coming up a treat. However, I disagree with you when you say that it’s a lot of effort for such a short season crop. Just look at what this guy does with his chillis – bonsai! http://www.fatalii.net/Bonsai_Chiles_Bonchi. Perhaps if you spread the word about this wonderful way of growing them, more people would try them. What’s more, they continue to bear fruit year on year. They are not all annuals even though some have the misleading name ‘annuum’ – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsicum_annuum.
    Another strange thing I’ve discovered about growing chillies, is that it’s very much a ‘macho bloke’ plant. There are several blokes in my office that have no interest whatsoever when it comes to gardening or other such girlie flowery things, but they do proudly grow chillies. I’ve donated my surplus SowSeeds chilli seeds to colleagues. I’m a bit of a gardening evangelist in my office, but maybe you should do a blog post on other macho plants so that we can get everyone growing something for the first time.

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