I just tried some of that sweet pumpkin chili pepper. It's very rich in flavor. Bercy over cooked them a little in the saute pan with the onions and beef strips. I would have put the peppers in towards the end of the cooking. But, there is no denying the superiority of this pepper if you like a peppery tasting sweet pepper. Not really pungent. No where near bland either. Kind of like the same way you would describe Heidi tomato's. These peppers would be totally awesome in the bean pot. Absolutely. I have probably 500 seeds on a drying tray now so some seed is coming your way.
The original post title talks about sweet habenero's. Actually, I should have said sweet ahi's or Ahi Criollo. Ahi Criollo is a category of peppers. The actual variety's of peppers is very diverse. Look at these sweet ahi's I found in the super market just recently. Many times I see a variety and I never see it again. I see so many different variety's over time that I cannot keep track of them.
The first type I have foto's of is nice sized, wrinkly red. Super bright red when ripe. I saw peppers in the bin that were yellow gold in color. I think they were the same pepper that just wasn't ripened all the way to red.
These ahi's have no discernable peppery pungent smell, nor does it have the fruity or floral smell. Just light in smell, very sweet. Bercy loves them.
The second type in the third foto is the most common of the Ahi Criollo peppers. They can vary in size. They have very good pungent peppery smell. None of the peppers in this category have any trace of heat.
I don't have much information on these peppers. I don't know where they are grown. I don't know anything about them except that they are slow growers usually and they are usually very prolific producers of these small peppers.
This is a foto of the ahi Arroz Con Pollo plant that has quite a few ripe red peppers. They are bonnet style. Red and smell nice and pungent peppery aroma. Flavor is superior. Peppers are small and thin walled. Great chopped up and used in your cooking. The plant is now over 8 months old. I have one survivor from the original 3. I checked the plant this evening and it is a huge plant and its completely covered over in new blooms. It is probably the most prolific producer of sweet peppers I have ever seen. It's a Baker Creek offering but I don't think they are selling it any longer.
Chinense peppers throw off clusters of blooms. Everywhere. A good plant will produce way more than you can use. They all aren't this prolific. I have other plants that produce much less. I am trying to keep the plant going. I have never had an older plant that can still produce as much as this speciman produces.
Oh, this is an older foto. That go round there was quite a bit of peppers. This time there is a lot more blooms so potentially the harvest will be much much bigger than what you see in the foto. That was a good round though. Chinense peppers, including habenero, produce in waves. Typically I get at least three waves where I go out there with a big container and just fill it up.
I have been very busy planting peppers. This is the biggest pepper grow I have ever tried. I have many variety's started now all in pots. Thanx to Rick and Ron and PaulG for sending me seed. I grew 2 of each speciman and there are many. I also just planted super-hot seed as well. It will be awhile before I find out which ones are going to germinate. This is the first time I have ever tried growing super-hot peppers. I have read that they are temperamental and hard to grow. We shall see. My methods are not fancy. But, I am persistent so hopefully we will have a few germinate and do well. I am looking forward to lots of peppers and foto's to share. Happy holidays everyone!!!
George, Happy New year to you as well. With a little luck I will be able to share some chili pepper foto's and maybe encourage more of the seed saver members to grow them as well. If you guys can get some of those sweet ahi's to grow that I sent Ron, I will be glad to send more seed. We have so many variety's down here. Peppers are one of the most interesting and fun plants to grow. The diversity of variety's is endless.
These are foto's of some mixed sweet ahi's that came from the garden today. Some are Arroz con Pollo ahi which look like habenero's. All these ahi variety's have slightly different smells to them when you slice them open. Some are very similar. Some have very little smell. Some are very pungent. Tomorrow those ahi's will be chopped up and added to chicken soup. These little ahi's improve the quality of my life. Nothing more boring than the flavor of a grocery store bell pepper. Horrid.