What are your favorite peppers?

bham_gardenerFebruary 13, 2014

With so many hot pepper varieties out there, it would take me several lifetimes to try growing them all, but I'm always interested in new varieties.

Some of the ones that I grow year after year:
"Ascent" thai (because they are hot and prolific)
El Jefe jalapeno (because jalapeno!)
Aji Amarillo (makes delicious peruvian sauce)

I'm trying a large variety of other peppers this year for the first time. Which ones do the folks here regrow each year, and why?

Image is jalapenos and thai peppers from 2013.

~James

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bob_in_pc(z8 FL)

Caribbean Red is a regular for me each year and also Big Jim.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 2:54PM
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tomt226

Chili Tepin & Pequin, which make a great "Texican" sauce.
What is Peruvian sauce, and can I use Lemon Drops to make it?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 4:04PM
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kclost

I also like the Carribean Red. Huge producer, love making sauce with them and also Pickled Red Onions with Habanero. I put that on everything, sandwiches, tacos, omlets, burgers...

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 4:53PM
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bham_gardener

bob_in_pc & kclost, sounds like I need to add Caribbean Red to my grow list. Thanks!

TomT226, the sauce I make is called "Aji Amarillo Sauce" (what a surprise, eh?), and it's a spicy creamy yellow sauce. There's a Peruvian cafe here that serves it with roasted potato slices, but it goes well with almost anything starchy. Lots of recipes for it online. The Aji Amarillo pepper isn't as citrusy as Lemon Drops, so I don't know how well that substitution would work, but maybe it's worth an experiment!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 5:48PM
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bob_in_pc(z8 FL)

You won't be disappointed - CR's are very nice as a staple!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 9:33PM
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morugaman

Habanero's have great flavor but a lot of heat. Tastes amazing on pizza or in guacamole!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 5:52PM
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esox07

Hot Hungarian Wax. They are my favorite eating pepper. I am not a "Hot" head so the HHW fits my taste well and I eat them on all my sandwiches. Then, I have taken to growing Numex Twilights every year for the beauty of them. But each year, aside from my regulars, I always grow 4 or 5 new varieties.
Bruce

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 6:42PM
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darkstar22

Chocolate Habanero. I grew them last year, and have a few this year too.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 6:42PM
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jcav8ter

Chocolate Habanero
Datil
Fish
Shishito
Bhut Jolokia
Fatalli
Serrano

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 2:46PM
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kuvaszlvr

I always got the impression you were a hot head Bruce. ;-)

I don't think I could make a list and not leave something out. I love Tiburons (but they are hybrids)
Serranos (Make a good hot sauce when they turn red and soft)
biker billy
tabasco
Pimento de Padron
Beaver dam
kung pao (another hybrid)
pasilla bajio
guajillo
lemon drops

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 5:46PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

On the WILD side I like Habanero.

On the MILD side : Jalapeno, Manzano, Hungaria. HW,

On the sweet side: Cubanelle, Banana, shishito,

I am going to grow few more that I have not yet tasted but I like them from research:

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 7:35PM
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ausome(7)

as far as Supers Go the yellow variant of the bhut white sri lanka i have tops my list

The hot on my list would b the true Datil you know the that comes from St Augustine not some knock of cross that kind of taste like it

Mild would have to be the New Mex Las Cruces

and as far as a Sweet Hands down would be the sweet Datil I cant get enough of them

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 12:16AM
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