Finding chili peppers in Croatia is not an easy job. There are no seed stores that sell them. Only variety of hot peppers that are sold in our stores are pepperonchini(0-500shu) The only way to get hotter chili peppers is trading seeds with pepper enthusiasts or buying them from other countries.
This is why I started collecting my own chili pepper seed base. My start was slow. Last year I only managed to get Red Basket of Fire chili pepper. I was really pleased with it. They are nicely hot(80 000shu) an last year I got 10 small jars of peppers from 2 plants.
This year I planted them again. This time I planted 4 seedlings in big pots/buckets(there is never enough pots) and 2 in my garden.
What I love about RBoF is that they are very colorful. They have green,yellow, red and purple peppers and their hotness depends on time when they were harvested.
This year I managed to get Jalapeño, Tabasco and Brown Habanero.
I was a bit late with this seedlings.The seeds came in late April so now my plants are smaller than Red Basket but they are progressing.
Jalapeño plants are on my balcony. They were attacked by bugs so we moved them to safer place.
We sprayed them with milk and this week they gave me first pepper. I'll leave it to ripe and take seeds to have enough for next year.
Jalapeño peppers are mild chili peppers(5000shu). I bought them to make stuffed peppers. I love chili peppers and cheese.
Tabasco peppers are bigger and have more little peppers. There will be enough for eating and storing seeds.
Tabasco peppers are hotter than Jalapeño peppers(50 000shu) but when looking at them they are very similar to Red Basket.
I'm very proud I managed to get Brown Habanero. Since we had a bit cold summer and I sown them too late my peppers are still a bit small, but I'm not worried about them. Habanero pepper is a perennial pepper so as soon as it gets too cold this peppers are moving inside the house.
Brown Habanero is one of the hottest chili peppers and it has 450 000shu. Normally people can't eat it. Still I bought it and I will dry and make a chili powder.
There are only 6 hotter peppers than Habanero and I'm trying to get 2 of them. I would love to have Bhut Jolokia(900 000shu) and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion(2 000 000shu).
Only I have no idea who of my family would be brave enough to eat them. :)