best tasting hot peppers

ccwoodDecember 25, 2008

i was wondering if someone could tell me some kinds of hot peppers that they thought were the best flavor/taste. i grew 12 or so varieties last year and only liked a couple of them. i just didn't want to waste time and space this year.

i do like:


regular hab

chocolate hab


peruvain white hab

choc. scotch bonnet

i didn't like fatali, and i forget the other species off hand from last year. just looking for some opinions for good tasting hot peppers. thank you for any opinions.


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serrano has very good flavor in my opinion.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 12:56AM
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chillilover(Zone 6b)

Aji Lemon if you like citrus.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 7:45PM
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Made a list for someone else of favorite peppers based only on taste without regard to heat. I have removed the sweet ones from the list here.
Afrikansk-- ann. 1-1/2 x 5 or 6--little heat green quite hot red
Aji Amarillo Mirasol-- bacc. 1-1/4 x 3-1/2--medium heat
Aji Amarillo-Peruvian Mkt-Milan-- bacc. 1-1/2 x 3-1/2--quite hot
Bishops Hat-- bacc. nice flavor green, some heat when red
Bulgarian Spicy-- ann. 3-1/2 x 3/4--quite hot, some sweetness
CGN 16905-- bacc. 1 x 5--mild heat
Chupetinho-- chin. sweet/hot, starts mild and gets hot
Cili Merah-- ann 5/8 x 4-1/5--medium heat
Cochiti-- ann. 1 x4-1/2--medium heat
Cosa Arrugada de Viejo-- 1 x 3--mild heat
Dong Xuan Makt Chile-- bacc. 1-1/4 x 3--mild green, hot ripe
Hatian Hot-- 1-1/4 x 5--hot, medium thick flesh
Holandesa-- 5/8 x 3/4--very hot, hint of sweet
Inca Red Drop-- bacc. 1-3/4 x 3/4--sweet/hot
Jalapeno,Jumbo-- ann. 1-1/2 x 3 nice heat, thick
Jalapeno,Ole'-- ann. quite hot
Jaloro-MB-- ann. 3/4 x 2 to 1-1/2 x2-3/4--moderate heat, thick flesh
Kaleidoscope-- bacc. 1-1/4 x 4--hot, medium thick flesh
Kavalervo Paprika-- ann. 1-1/2 x 4-- mild, hint of sweet
Korean Dark Green-- ann. 3/8 x 3--very hot, ripens red, thin flesh, good for drying
Laotion-- ann. 3/8 x 2--hot, thin flesh, kind of tough, good for powder
Manzano,Yellow/Orange-- pub. very hot
Microcarpum-- 1 x 3-1/2--hot, hint of sweet
Numex Suave red-- chin. mild heat, hint of sweet
PI 238052-- chin. 1" rounded plum, very hot, crunchy
PI 260585-- bacc. 1-1/4 x 5--no heat in flesh, mild heat in ribs
PI 355819-- chin. 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 varied from no heat to quite hot
Pimiento de la Puta de Madre-- ann. 1-1/4 x 2--moderate heat
Rocotillo-- bacc. mild heat, crunchy
Rocoto Gt. Red-Peruvian Mkt-Milan-- pub. 2-1/2 x2--moderate heat, hint of sweet
Rocoto,Not Brown-- pub. 1-1/2 x 2--quite hot, juicy
Safi-- chin. moderate to very hot
Serrano,Purple-- ann. 7/8 x 3--mild heat
Tobago-- chin. 1-1/2 x 2--very hot but better taste than most chinense
Trottolino Amoroso-- ann. 1-1/2 pear shape--medium heat, thick flesh
Tunesian Bak Louti-- ann. 1-1/4 x 6--mild heat
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    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 5:53AM
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habbob(San Diego)

They aren't that hot but poblanos are really tasty. Good for stuffing and many other things too.


    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 8:00AM
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Good ol' jalapenos are hard to beat IMO

    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 9:01PM
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I agree and use more jalapeno than anything else.


    Bookmark   December 30, 2008 at 5:46AM
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Any pepper in a pot of texas chili on a cold minnesota day! I know what I'm having for lunch!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2008 at 8:27AM
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As far as everyday eating, Serrano is tops..but to mix things up take a large Jalapeno (make a small incision across the top near the stem and then down the middle, scrape out the seeds and stuff it with cream cheese with chopped serrano and wrap it with bacon...put on the grill fer about 20 mins until the bacon is done and enjoy.
Very tasty appetizer.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 5:15PM
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habbob(San Diego)


I do jals stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar and ham with a squeeze of lime juice. I gotta try the bacon wrapped ones now.

Dinner anyone? =)


    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 6:26PM
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A poblano with a little heat is about as good as it gets. For the very hot, I like aji chombo (Panamanian habanero), nice, fruity taste. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to make myself some good hot sauce with my left over harvest right now!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 12:50PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

I like Chimayo for taste

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 6:49PM
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I forgot to mention, secure the bacon with tooth picks...

Happy Gardening

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 8:41PM
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Cayenne is my favorite by far. I put it on EVERYTHING except cereal and cake (been thinking bout HOT cake)!! Last year I used almost 12 bottles of ground cayenne pepper! Jalapenos are good too!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 9:37PM
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I would add Rain Forest. Nice fruity flavor. Moderate heat.
John A

    Bookmark   January 15, 2009 at 11:32AM
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