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tilly

chillis

Bought a plant from B&Q so unsure of what kind of chilli it is[that could prove to be a mistake!] there are lots of chillis on it but all are green do i leave them to turn red or do you think i can pick them whilst green?

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Yummy

Chillies

Think it is quite early for them yet Tilly, I would leave them to go red on the plant and then harvest them. That is when the heat gets into them. Once ripened you can either string them up and dry them or freeze them.


Usually once they are ripened the smaller they are the hotter I think.
Sure someone with a little more experience of them will give you lots of info.
Yummy

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sandra

Chillies

LOL !!
Bit like saying I bought a shrub !

All different but chillies like to be baked in the sun, drenched with feed and water once a week then left to their own devices.

Harvest as you want. Personally like them ripe but each to their own.

Quick plug - West Dean now has the largest Chilli Festival in Europe.
A great day out - for us old hippies it cannot be missed !
Bands play, kids from 3 to 90 dance. Food stalls superb and not ridiculously overpriced.
Chilli plants aplenty to buy and then left in "plant creche" until you leave.

No, have no vested interest !!
If anyone attends and does not smile then I despair !!

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tilly

chillies

Thanks will leave til red .
West Dean a tad too far for me Sandra but if you go have fun

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Chazza

chillis

I love chillis when they're green, and the more you harvest earlier in the year the more flower they produce.

If they're up to about one and a half inches or more pick one and taste it. Start at the pointy end to get the flavour without the heat - as you work your way up you will soon find out how hot they are.

I don't think the heat changes much as they ripen, most of it comes from the white web that holds the seeds in place (get rid of this if they're too hot) so once they're adult sized they pretty much stay the same. Apart from the flavour you'll probably find the main difference is that they're a bit sour.

There are gillions of green chilli recipes on the web, google it and you will see.

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Essex Girl

West Dean

Sandra - I agree with you, a wonderful day out. Must look at their website and see when this year's is.

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sandra

Chilli

From the 6th of August.

Meet in the Pimms tent I assume !!

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Essex Girl

Chilli Festival

Three days this year. Which day are you going on Sandra?

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sandra

Chilli

Arriving home from hols. on the 6th.
Will def. be there on Sunday though - up for it ?

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Essex Girl

Chilli Festival

Most certainly, if the weather forecast is good!

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sandra

Chilli

EG
Weather out of my remit !

A Grand Day Out though - apologies to Nick Park !

If serious let me know - we never miss it.

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Essex Girl

Chilli Festival

OK. Will contact you nearer the time.

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sam from worthing

chillis

I grow chilli plants every other year. at least 4 differnt varieties.

I pick whilst green and leave till red.

I have never air dried my chillies, but literally pick them and bung in a bag and pop in the freezer, for me 4 plants worth of chillies last me 2 years.

I did try bottling in oil (i did this with peppers too) but i was shocked to discover that something went wrong in brining processes to breed botecelli...so stick to my good old freezing method.

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tilly

chillies

Thanks Sam will give that a go

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Sue G

Thanks chazza

"I love chillis when they're green, and the more you harvest earlier in the year the more flower they produce.

If they're up to about one and a half inches or more pick one and taste it. Start at the pointy end to get the flavour without the heat - as you work your way up you will soon find out how hot they are.



Thanks for the tip Chazza,

"work your way up, you will soon find how hot they are"
Yesterday kids decided to pick their chilli as they were really long but still green, neither was brave enough to try so i slice the thinest slice off the bottom and gave it to the hubby. All i can say is, the kids can now swear in french. He was making so much fuss i decided to try myself. They are so hot.

Have now left them on the shelve waiting for hubby to come home from work with some gloves so i can deseed & freeze them.
Or should i freeze them whole???

 
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