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What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

Posted by CanadianLori 6a Oakville (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 12, 13 at 12:52

I'm just curious. I started growing hot peppers not because I will eat them but because I had grown some ring of fire peppers in order to please my husband's appetite for all things hot.
Well, he told me that my peppers were good, but not really hot.
So I decided this year to SHOW HIM WHAT THE OLD GIRL CAN DO!

That is how I got my late start. After stumbling on this forum I took the advice of someone here and ordered in seeds and am now starting to harvest.

How about you? What/why did you start growing these capsicums?


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

During one of my rotations in college I met a couple of guys who were big on growing their own food, buying local, and being self sustaining. It really sparked an interest in me. One of the guys was the first person I ever met that could match my heat tolerance (I brought in some super hot sauce). When I found out he grew super hots and I got to try one I was hooked. We talked about them nearly everyday. At the time I was not in the position to grow my own but this year ( about two years later) I was. I wish I had a way to contact them so I can show them what they made me do lol.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

Pretty much the same -appetite for spicy food. Besides, when you cook with these peppers the flavor is unique. Cooking takes down the considerable heat when experienced eating them raw.

I believe they are beneficial too. People who eat them regularly, guard against several maladies, most notably heart disease. They can comfort the itchiness from hemorrhoids and actually shrink them with immediate effect.

Over indulging can cause ulceration for those not conditioned properly to them or to those people who have other gastric system problems. They are high in vitamin A, C and the minerals magnesium and potassium. And of course very high in the non-essential capsaicin.

There's lots of unconfirmed benefits, heart disease prevention is among these, but I still feel when I eat them I feel good. I'm not just talking about the endorphin rush either.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

In all honesty for me. It was the Man Vs. Food episode that featured the ghost pepper. Told the gf if I ever found that we'd be in trouble. Then a couple of years later. Stumbled on a local greenhouse that sold them. Fast forward to 3 years growing now. An 16 diff varieties out in the yard in buckets. I'd say my prediction was true lol.


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Despite being a city kid, my family has always been huge into growing veggies, by and large as a way to cheaply feed 4 boys throughout the year. We simply had to, in order to survive. So growing food has always been (and will always be) a part of me. Oh, and I like spicy food. I do it for the relaxing/hobby aspects now instead of necessity. It sounds kind of dumb, but I think I actually like looking at peppers/plants (especially the c. Chinese) as much as I like eating them.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

It was a local Mexican restaurant that got me started.

They have three "house" hot sauces, Jalapeno, Habaneo and "Diablo" which I found out was made with Ghost peppers.

First I grew the peppers, then I figured out how to make the sauce.


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Great stories. I walked into a food store and for me it was unusual to see anything hotter than a jalapeno, I seen some Habanero's and thought to myself, I can't stand most all hot sauces due to lack of flavor, so I bet I can make my own. Ended up making a batch then looked for the hottest pepper and found the ghost pepper and I ordered two plants that were shipped from FL to MD and have been growing peppers ever since. I found this forum during my chili pepper searches and have liked it ever since, the nicest people come here and are very helpful.

Mark


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

I started out on a dare between me and my brother. I've always ate spicy food and he got me a ghost pepper saying I couldn't eat it. (Much to my own surprise) not only could I eat it, but I liked it. They got added to my garden now I'm on a guest to turn a half acre pepper garden next year :-) . also its always nice to have a wannabe chili head new at work, and be able to watch a chocolate bhut melt his face off lol


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

I have always like hot spicy foods and have eaten medium heat green chilies fresh. Jalapenos, seranno, poblano , are the types that I eat fresh or in sandwich. I am not into those with scoville ratings 500k to 1 million. haha. So I liked peppers as long as I can remembered. My Mom used to cook pretty spicy food.

ABOUT BENEFITS:
in addition to what already mention, Hot peppers simulate metabolism, burn more calorie. That is why some weight loss pills have Capszacine.
Also, the common belief that hot peppers can cause ulcer, is not true. Although it might cause discomfort for someone who is not used to it or overdoes it. To the contrary hot peppers preven stomach ulcer.


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this is my first year growing. my buddy was growing some tabasco and jalapeno, but was doing a really terrible job of it (he did literally everything wrong, and all his plants are now dead, so I gave him 2 of mine when I moved, and he killed those too). I figured I could do better, so I got online and ordered some seeds. I figured if I was gonna grow hot stuff, I might as well grow really hot stuff. and to my surprise, the ones I thought I wouldn't be able to handle (brain strains) are my favorite ones in terms of flavor. next year I'll be growing even more varieties.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

I sent my wife to go see our kids in another state two years ago for 10 days. The day after she left I went to Lowes for some household project stuff and I walked through the garden section and seen all the Bonnie plants. Jalapeno's, Hab's so I said what the heck, I am home alone for 10 days and have the yard to plant a few.... So I bought 6 plants and away I went.

I then found this site and got hooked even more. I found very nice and generous folks on here and they sent me some seeds last year (Scorpion_John, Esox07), and now I have 30 varieties growing and have been trading seeds for the '14 grow year.

Bill


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

I like hot and spicy foods and I especially love habaneros. But the local grocery stores are all very inconsistent about actually carrying them. Probably 2/3 of the time, when I need them, they are out of stock. So one day when they had some orange habaneros in stock, I bought a few, removed the seeds, and planted them. It worked like a charm! And on top of loving the habanero taste, I also think the plants are nice to look at!

I don't think I could handle so,e of the super hot peppers people post about. I honestly wonder if anyone actually enjoys eating them or if it is just a macho thing. But next year, I plan to try growing a couple of tabasco peppers.


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I work in a kitchen and we have a guy who loves his steak extra extra spicy and extra extra well done. so I asked my fiance's cousin who works at a seed distributor if she could get any peppers. I got a plant. 5 pots and a dozen 8lb pounds of miracle grow later, I have about 30+ peppers and couldn't be happier


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I'd have to blame a friend of mine who owns a favorite vietnamese restuarant of ours, that turned me onto really spicy foods in general. started with spicy soups, spicy noodles, then ordering super hots from jersey for fun. I'd never grown anything succesfully, ever, but next thing i knew, i was sprouting them at home in a poorly lit apartment with ravenous pests right outside. and the final step that sealed the want to grow as many as i could was learning how to cook with them, without gassing my wife to death. So many more possibilities than i'd imagined, and still discovering new ways to use them.


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I'm not Mexican, but I am from San Diego, where Mexican food is king. I use chiles in all types of cuisine, but Mexican food is ingrained in us. So, from a very young age, one is always trying to find the best carne asada with the best salsas. But a taco shop can have "average" carne asada and GREAT salsa and they'll have business. Some taco shops up the ante with "hotter" salsas. I always appreciated that. But, I wanted to make my own.

Started off(in my mind) pretty mild. Been making it for years with pretty mild chiles( Anaheims, japs, serranos, arboles, guajillos). Then I tried habs about 4 years ago-- Made it hotter, but I don't care for the flavor of habs. Then i got a hold of a plant last year at the nursery that was labeled "ghost." You guys said it looked like a Naga cross. Anyhow, best batches of salsas yet using Nagas(last year) and Nagas and Bhuts(this year)!

Hothabenerolady: It might be a macho thing -- i don''t know. I'm much too old to feel the need to display my genitals ;)

Whoever eats superhots whole just to eat them are nuts. But the heat and flavor of them bring a lot to the table. The trick is moderation -- a little goes a long way. I use about 8-10 superhots per quart of salsa in addition to my milder varieties. Most people wouldn't like it that hot, but me and a "some" of my family and friends love it.

Whenever I try a new superhot for the 1st time, I'm not one of those that tries to endure the pain for 5 minutes. I try to decipher the taste and have my supply of dairy right next to me to cool myself down promptly. I like hot food, but I'm not into punishment...lol.

ANyhow...love the heat!

Kevin


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 23:48

I decided to grow some peppers for the fun of it. It just happend that I was visiting my brother in law in San Antonio that spring and asked him what the hottest peppers were thinking that anyone from S. Texas would know. He said the hottest he knew of was the Habanero. So, we went to the local grocery store and I picked up a packet of Habanero seeds. I also grabbed some cayenne seeds as they were a variety that had a name I was familiar with. So, I grew a couple of each plant. The Hab was definitely hot, much hotter than I could handle but that got me started. After a little research and finding the Hot Pepper forum on Garden Web, my eyes were opened to just how hot of peppers there really were (Ghost at that time). The following season, I decided to grow of few of the common varieties for personal use and then a couple varieties for the fun of it. Well, I got what I thought were some Bhut (Ghost pepper) seeds which turned out to be Nagas. In my experience, anything hotter than a Hab is too hot to measure anyway. So, the last couple seasons, I grow three or four of my favorites and then pick about a half dozen or so new and unique varieties. I always pick a couple of the super hots, and then a couple ornamentals. This year, I grew my first true Ghost pepper, Scorpion Butch-T and a Carolina Reaper. But I grow them basically for the fun of it as I don't eat them and have trouble finding anyone else willing to try. But at least I can say I have the hottest or very close to it. It just seems right that if you are going to grow peppers, you should grow the king of them all.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

I spend a lot of time in the Bajío in Méjico where chiles are part of the cusine and I like them.

I started growing chiles years ago because they weren't available in the stores in NY and I wanted some. Growing was the only to get them.


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RE: What got you started on Growing the Hot Ones?

For me it was when my daughter got me watching Man vs. Food. that was the first time I had heard of a ghost pepper. Then a buddy got me watching "Heat Seekers". it only last two years but I got a kick out of it.


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