Habanero Harvest

tak2wAugust 2, 2014

Harvested about half of the pods from my Habanero plant. They came to about 2 pounds of peppers. They have already been turned into powder! The other half of the peppers from that bush are ripening now...so much heat!

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toolstack

Awesome harvest! I took the seeds out of 8 orange habs. In between my fingers are still burning.
Randal

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:09PM
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tak2w

Toolstack, I know what you mean. I usually use gloves, but I was just cutting these in half to put in the dehydrator, so I thought it wouldn't be too bad, but still had a slight burn to my fingers...especially under my wedding ring. These are the hottest I have dealt with. I'll definitely wear gloves when time to harvest my Ghost's or Carolina Reaper's. =O

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:16PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Orange habs are always prolific producers. Nice batch. They should make for good powder.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:44PM
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toolstack

Tak2w,
Yeah I'm gonna have to get some gloves. I wasn't thinking and scratched my cheek and had a flaming spot for the next 30 mins. All were hot but one had a nasty looking placenta it actually made my throat burn when I cut it in half.
Randal

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 11:52PM
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HotHabaneroLady(7a Central MD)

I made habanero chili this weekend for a picnic I went to. After I finished cutting up the habanero peppers, I rubbed an itchy spot on my forehead. It started burning and was still burning an hour or two later!

Usually habaneros don't burn my skin, so I was surprised! But the chili was really good and I got lots of compliments on it at the picnic. :)

Angie

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 8:20AM
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morugaman

Beautiful, and so rewarding isnt it?!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 11:06AM
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John11840(z6/CT)

The only thing worse is taking your contacts out after handling the chilis. I use gloves every time now.
John A

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 11:37AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Those look a lot like my Bonnie Plants Worlds Hottest SomethingOrOther, which are also hotter than your average pod. Where did you get plant/seeds?

Dennis

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 12:27PM
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jutsFL(9b (Orlando))

Great looking habs! I love those peppers, upset I didn't plant any myself this year...

Jay

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 4:13PM
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tak2w

This plant came from a local garden center in a 4-pack last year (not Bonnie). I over-wintered this one indoors and put it back in the ground this spring.

Time to harvest again! Here is the next batch, waiting to be picked from the same plant. (I'm glad I only have one plant!).

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 3:55PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Wow! That plant needs to be tested for steroid use!

Congrats.
Dennis

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 5:29PM
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brian6464(4a)

Silly question, but I have never made powder and I have a ton of peppers coming.

After dehydrating, just run through a coffee grinder? Does anyone use a method other than a spice/coffee grinder?

Lastly, any recommendations for a good grinder? I have a dehydrator, but no grinder.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:10PM
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Orekoc(7 Willamette Valley Oregon)

Wow, nice plant and a great harvest.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:50PM
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HotHabaneroLady(7a Central MD)

You might have more luck posting a new thread looking for advice on grinders. But for myself, I just use the grind setting on my blender. I guess it's not necessarily the perfect solution, but it works well enough for me. :)

Just be careful by letting the powder settle before you take the top off the blender. If you open it right up, you will be inhaling habanero powder and that is not fun at all!

Angie

This post was edited by HotHabaneroLady on Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 21:54

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:50PM
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PunkRotten(9b)

What is your growing secret to get it to look that nice?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 12:02AM
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tak2w

I think the secret is this is a second-year plant. The first year it was much smaller, but it was a nice plant....so, I cut it WAY back last fall and put it in a pot. I kept it in a sunny window all winter and then in May I put it back in the ground. It produced peppers earlier than any of this year's plants.

Last year it was grown in a 4x8 raised bed and was probably a little overcrowded with other plants. This year it is in it's own 2x2 raised bed. The soil is mostly compost that has been in this bed for a few years....nothing special. Not much fertilizer...a little 10-10-10 early in the summer and some fish emulsion in July. It definitely hasn't been babied.

I'm going to try over-wintering more of my pepper plants this year, since this one did so well.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 9:43AM
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tak2w

I use a coffee/spice grinder to make powder, and a blender to make flakes. Not sure what grinder I have, I just got a cheap one with good ratings from Amazon. I made sure to get one with a detachable bowl to make it easier to wash.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 9:47AM
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salevene

Brian6464 - I recommend any of the $15/$20 coffee/spice grinders you can find on amazon.

I've had trouble getting the peppers 100% dehydrated (seems a little water always remains), but I leave it in a good 15 hours...

As soon as they are dehydrated, just start grinding them up... might want to get a small paint brush to help get the powder into a jar.

SIDE NOTE: Awesome harvest. How long can you leave the peppers on the plant before they start falling automatically? I've wanted to leave them on so I can start harvesting everything together, but it seems the maturing is so sporadic.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:37PM
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kentishman

To grind up peppers, I use a standard Mason jar with my blender. The screw threads are the same. Since it's completely sealed, there's no risk of getting pepper dust in the air. It's smart to go outside to take it apart.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:46PM
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scorion1

That Habanero is really nice.My Habanero seeds did not come up this year.Seems like there was a shortage here for those seeds,forget trying to find the plants.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 8:55PM
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tak2w

salevene - I don't know how long I can leave them on before they fall off. They seem to stay on a long time. I had a bunch that were ripe before I left on vacation and they were still on the plant when I came back. I've picked enough peppers to last me a while, so I'll try to leave the remaining ones on the plant as long as I can.

My cayenne peppers tend to hang on the plant forever. They will actually dry on the plant if you let them. I'm thinking these habs might do the same thing. We'll see!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:13PM
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