tisdag 20 juli 2010

Postponed input in the blog due to a trip to the alps.

There are two reasons why the blog had not been updated for an embarassing long time. One of them is because I was in Chamonix, France.

This picture is 1 mile or so from Mount Blanc. Look at my happy face.

The second reason is that my mind was preoccupied with some other hot stuff from this planet. Rating on a totally different scale then the regular Scoville Scale for chile pepper fruits. Mind you, these hot stuff does not grow up from mother earths soil as regular chile pepper plants. Even though you could indirectly claim that they need nutrients as well.
Enough with these politically incorrect phrases, duty calls. As Martin wrote in swedish...." some pictures god damn it."

As your humble servant, that is shall be.

Picture of the Red Caribbean ( CapsicumChinense) mature fruit. This plant is only in 1,5 litre container.

Have not tasted yet.

Bishops Hat ( Capsicum Baccatum)

Mature fruit of the Bishops Hat. I like the look of this plant. Lots of seeds in one pod. Taste is so-so.

Piquin ( Capsicum Annuum)

The taste of mature Piquin tastes almost weaker then non-mature. I have tested 5-6 or so. The mature piquin contains some sweetness. Whilst the unmature green one tastes like a jalapeno but with a bit more bitterness and definately much more strength.

Rocoto Orange ( Capsicum Pubescens)

I am surprised to see that my Rocoto has set some fruit.
That was definately unexpected. Pot container for this one is also 1,5 litres. These will be interesting to taste.

7 Pod ( Capsicum Chinense)

This beast is said by some to be even hotter then the famous B. Jolokia. Thanks to mr Bumblebee my plants are setting fruits quickly. I have some thoughts that possible crossing can affect the strength. Who knows in what direction. Remember that the B. Jolokia contains some ( Capsicum Frutescens) along with the (Capsicum Chinense). We will see how this tastes.

Long Slim Cayenne ( Capsicum Annuum)

The pods of this plant was tasted. Both mature and unmature. I would say that there is some strength in it. About the same as the Piquin. However there was not much flavour of it unfortunately. I am not unhappy or unsatisfied with this plant. Because it has pretty cool looking pods of different shapes. And they are beautiful to look at. However the taste is not a sensation. This of course, being a subjective matter.

The Red Savina ( Capsicum Chinense)

I am happy to say this one is flourishing in the swedish july sun as well. Along with the help of the bumblebees I am getting some amount of fruits on this one.

Chocolate Scotch Bonnet ( Capsicum Chinense)

Beautiful to look at. Extremely good taste. A depth in the taste with a strength that is subtile at first but increases with time. I am very happy to say that this plant with these fruits are a real superb choice. A lot of pods can be produced. And the taste......the taste...yum yum....

N a g a M o r i c h ( Capsicum Chinense)

I am sorry to say this. But I have yet not tasted the Naga Morich. One pod is extremely mature and soft to the touch.
I need to come up with an idea to conserve these fruits of death. Or perhaps sell some of them in Stockholm? To people who are not too afraid of some heat. One fruit is probably good enough for a week of cooking to one individual.

The plant contained much more pods then I expected when I returned from my Alp trip.

The Piementa De Neyde ( Capsicum Chinense x Capsicum Annuum)

This Beautiful plant.... is beautiful. But there it stays unfortunately. Representing the only plant that has yet not set fruit for me ( not taking my smaller plants in the count).

I also have some suspicious feeling that my Casanova mr Bumblebee do not secretely make love to this plant. For some reason, the bumblebees is not acknowledging the presence of this plant Why? I do not know. Perhaps a treat of honey near the flower petals will lure the silly flying bug servants of mine to visit this beauty from Brazil, south america. All ideas are good in this case. Crossing my fingers for this one.

7 kommentarer:

Janne sa...

Good on you bloke. Don't know who's the prettiest, the chilies or the beatiful lady next to that ugly dude with sunglasses ;)

Anyhow, I hope you had a pleasant trip. The Swedish nerd association was halting during your absence and we missed you and your good mood and dry comments.

The yield looks great and it seems like you will have some hot dishes for some time ahead.

Keep intouch and don't be a stranger.

Martin sa...

Nice pics.

Regarding the conservation of the Naga. Why not just freeze it?

Or make a seriously potent chilisause?

Michael Salemsson sa...

You are always so kind to me Janne. Dont worry, I will keep you guys informed with geeky information about chile pepper plants.

Thanks for reading the blog Martin. I am sorry I did not update much. But I think you got the picture of where my mind were at. Regarding taking care of the yield. I have frozen down some of the hottest chile peppers like B. Jolokia and Chocolate Jolokia. But doing it with the morich felt like an overkill. If you find any reciep on a really good chilisauce please feel free to share that reciep.

Yours respectfully,

M. Salemsson

Janne sa...

Michael, You are a beatiful stud and a great representative for the male part of the human population. :)

Don't listen to the sarcastic half Danish retard in Scania.

Devin sa...

Hey Michael,

I just found your blog last night and spent almost an hour reading through your posts. I'm an American that just arrived in Stockholm after almost 5 years traveling in SE Asia. While I was there I gained a love for chili's and a swedish girl. I've chosen to write you on behalf of my love for chili's. In a couple weeks my girlfriend and I will be moving down to Helsingborg where we have a small studio appt. I would like to start growing chili's of my own and I was hoping you might be able to lend me some of your chili knowledge. We both really enjoy spicy food. The spicier the better. Thailand was one of my favorites for the thai chili's. I found a small shop in stockholm that sells thai chili's that are quite spicy. I've noticed their good to make traditional thai style stir fry's with but dont really spice up soups that well. Anyways, I threw a handful of seeds into a small pot with some soil and set it in the window sil.
My main questions for you:
What are the best chili's to grow in sweden/indoors for the most potency and also the most chili's?
Then of course where can I find these chili's?
How do you plant your chili's/How do you take care of them?

Looking forward to your response,


Michael Salemsson sa...

Hi there Devin.

I am happy that you have found the blog. I will try to answer the questions as thoroughly as possible.

Questions from Devin:
1. What are the best chili's to grow in sweden/indoors for the most potency and also the most chili's?

Well, the best chilis for potency would be the strongest one in the world naturally. And the best time to plant them would be sometime in early January. The thing is that you would want your growing season to fall in reasonably well with the swedish conditions. So if you start sowing in January you might expect some fruits in April-Jun, depending on what kind of chilis and if you have overfed it with nitrogene etc. Unfortunately you need to buy some form of light source for the plants. You use artificial lights in the beginning of their life. I used artificial light from Novemeber-early May. Then I let the plants be outside. Basically you can grow every type of chile peppers in sweden as well.

Then of course where can I find these chili's?
Your favourite Thai Varieties are easily bought from different internet shops that sell seeds. Unfortunately I do not like to make commercial for any. But they are easily found on the net. But I personally recommend the strongest varieties. Out of a personal perspective, I am claiming that there is often much more aromatic flavours. Besides, if you are growing 2-3 plants. You get more spice from one plant. So it is economically more beneficial.

How do you plant your chili's/How do you take care of them?

If you are planning to do what I suggested. That is to sow some seeds in January. Then the first thing you need to do is to buy some form of artificial light for the plants. Preferrably with wavelengths that is suitable for plant growth. Unfortunately there are tons of opinion here. Manufacturers etc will claim this and that. What I did was to refer to my biochemistry book. And bought some light source from Philips called T865 or so. That meant it was full colour spectrum and it had the black body radiation temperature of 6500 Kelvin. I realized it was enough to maintain some growth for the plants also it was economically justified. I spent 800 swedish kronor for the armature. And 200 for the light source. They were 2*36 Watt light sources. And was enough. Chile pepper plants are all about light and warm enviroment really. A friend of mine have really good light in his windows. He had a growth 3 times as much as my window seat. You dont need to fertilize it much in the beginning as well. It can even mess up the timing of the fruiting. But it is a whole science. I would suggest you will get back to that question in Mars/April or so.

I truly hope that some of my answers have been satisfying. I wish you good luck man. My best advice is to go for the most potent stuff. More flavour and economically more justified.

Yours respectfully,


Michael Salemsson sa...

To Devin:

I forgot to mention, I actually have a lot of seeds from this season. Most of them are hybrids. I am pretty sure most of them will be hot enough even though of possible hybrids. Because they would be hybrids between pretty hot peppers. If you want you can mail me your adress and I can send you seeds of different varieties. I just need to find these small plastic bags so one can put seeds in it.I am having my seeds in small coffee filters right now.