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Grow the world’s hottest chilli!

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Chilli Carolina Reaper. Picture; DT Brown
Chilli Carolina Reaper. Picture; DT Brown

Carolina Reaper turns up the heat at DT Brown

Can you stand the heat? If you’re a hot chilli fan, you can now buy seeds of the world’s hottest variety, Carolina Reaper, from DT Brown.

Available as young plants last season, Carolina Reaper packs a volcanic punch of more than 2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

The company’s Tim Jeffries recommends gloves should be worn when handling the plants and fruits, which should always be cooked and never eaten raw.

“It really should be treated with the utmost respect. The fruits are incredibly hot, not for the faint-hearted, and should be used only very sparingly in dishes”, he said.

But, as Tim explains, Carolina Reaper is not simply about intense heat. “It has a sweet, fruity flavour with chocolate and cherry undertones.

A challenge from seed

“All super-hot chillies are a challenge to grow from seed, as they need to be sown early and require real warmth to get started. A heated propagator set at 28-30°C is ideal, because the hotter the chilli, the more time and heat it needs.

“We have seen a surge of interest in growing very hot chillies by our customers. Chilli seed sales were up 21 per cent last season on the previous year.

“When we introduced Bhut Jolokia, the ‘ghost chilli’, which at the time was the hottest we had sold, in its first season it accounted for more than 10 per cent of our total chilli seed sales. Similarly, Our World’s Hottest Chilli Plant Collection was also a great success in its first year last season, and is offered once again for 2017”.

“Our World’s Hottest Chilli Plant Collection was also a great success in its first year last season, and is offered once again for 2017.”

A packet of 10 seeds of Carolina Reaper costs £3.99, visit www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

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