Assam Chili

ronnyb123(Zone 9)May 17, 2014

Has anyone ever grown this chili plant called "Assam". It is not the "Ghost" from Assam but a separate entity altogether. It is a Capsicum annum, not a Chinese variety. These are long slender pods (cayenne type). I am just trying to find info on it. One guy says it has 800,000 SKU, some just say it is super hot, others just hot. These are either from India or Mexico but I get more India then Mexico in the searches.

Thanks

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ottawapepper

Did a search using: Assam -bhut annuum pepper

Based on the images in the few results found (one being Reimers which I normally take with a grain of salt), I'd hazard a guess that this is just another case of someone renaming an existing variety.

If I was a betting man I'd say that the "Assam" you're looking for is the said to be most popular / widely grown / commonly used pepper in India; the Pusa Jwala. If it is, then the 800k SHU claim is way off. Based on my growing it out I'd say 100k - 150k max.

Of course, I could be wrong but it looks an awful lot like the Pusa.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 10:32AM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Thanks Ottawapepper. If it is a Pusa Jwala, I can live with that. I believe you could be right and this is just another name of a chili that people are trying to sell. There is just no data out there on this and Reimers descriptions I dont trust either.

A few brands simular are the Khorika Jolokia from Assam or a Teja Indian.

semillas.de has a picture but almost no description.

Thanks again

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 12:04PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Could it be the "Naga Jolokia PC-1," also called the Tezpur? It looks like a skinny cayenne, a lot like the Indian Jwala. It is a frutescens.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 1:15PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

It could be but I hope its not. Flavor is not that great on this one. I also hear there is also a Annum version.

We will know soon enough. It is getting ready to flower, which will tell alot about the plant. I think these are pure white.

I noticed there is also a purple version of the fruit with purple flowers. That would be cool.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 1:34PM
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ottawapepper

Ya, the guy claiming 800k might be referring to the Naga Jolokia PC-1 but he'd still be way over on the heat.

Josh, I may be having a senior moment but I'm pretty sure the PC-1 is a C. frutescens. Based on pictures on the two sites I found, the so called "Assam" pods grow down. The PC-1 pods grow upward like Thais etc.

I'm still in the Pusa camp ;-)

Then again,

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    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 1:54PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Bill, yes the PC-1 is a C. frutescens.
When I google images, I see downward and upward growing pods.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 2:40PM
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ottawapepper

Thanks for pointing out the up / down growth Josh. I've only grown it once, probably six years ago. I only recall the upright growth.

I just happen to have a PC-1 growing this season to refresh my seed stock. I'll let you know what I observe growth wise.

Bill

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 4:50PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

I dont know guys. after reading this, I think it is another naming issue. I do not believe it is this chili though. There are no pods yet, but the closed flower point down.

The real deal is a Chinense, but there are also Annuum & Frutescen versions (shown here) grown across the world which are no where near as hot. The anuum version is sold under the name PC-1 in the US and the heat level is medium/hot (at best) despite the claims of 'ebay seed sellers'.

Here is a link that might be useful: TEZPUR

This post was edited by RonnyB123 on Sun, May 18, 14 at 17:02

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 4:58PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

This is what the "Assam" chili looks like. Pure white flower, green fruit ripening to red.

Still not sure of the real name though. It looks like it could be the Pusa Jwala. Pods look right and the flower looks the same (pure white).

This post was edited by RonnyB123 on Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 22:44

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 10:15PM
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ottawapepper

I'm still sticking with my original Pusa Jwala guess, your shot looks like the ones I've grown.

Here's a shot of the Naga Jolokia PC-1 I'm growing this year for comparison.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 9:59AM
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