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At eleven days into seedling incubation, some serrano, paper lantern, lemon drop
& ring of fire seeds have sprouted.

       Things are moving quite smoothly here in the beginning stages of the 2012 growing season. Fruitman's chili farm's seedlings are starting to sprout after just eleven days! How's that for getting a jump on the season? The Serranos, Paper Lanterns, Lemon Drops and Ring of Fires have all shot up with a vengeance, and hopefully soon some of the other varieties will show their colors as well. Once all the seed pots have sprouted I can remove the plastic cover from the miniature greenhouse, and then the chilies can get some good fresh (indoor) air. It's important to remember that the sprouting stage of plant growth is a very delicate one, be sure to avoid moving the seed pots around too much if you don't have to. Also, you probably shouldn't touch the sprouts either. Their delicate stalks are very fragile and it would be a shame to break them and have to start over from seed again. Two to three weeks of growing time could mean a difference at the end of the growing season, especially for those super-hot slow-growing chilies. You are going to need all of the time you can get with those HOTTIES. Trust me.

       Now, of course, no farm is complete growing strictly super-hot chiles such as Habaneros and Jolokias. While these chilies have their place, they tend to overpower with heat to the point you find yourself adding so little chili into your meals that the wonderful flavors they provide are too faint to notice. And obviously many people just don't want, or can handle, super-hot chilies. This is where things get interesting; the everyday, multipurpose chilies. There are as many different varieties of chilies ranging in heat from merely mildly-hot to darn near none, as one could ever imagine. From something with just enough bite that wont overpower, such as the Serrano, to chilies that offer no heat what-so-ever like a Bell pepper. The varieties are endless, with a diverse level of heat intensity and flavor variety. These are truly everyday chilies. There is a chili for any dish you can think of, with a degree of heat that anyone can enjoy.

       For the 2012 season, fruitman's chili farm has a few new interesting flavorful mildly hot chilies, as well as your typical trusty old favorites. But more on those typical varieties later, those can be bought as plants at nearly any home improvement center just after the last day of frost. In this post, I would like to introduce you to a tasty bunch of new fruitman chilies, grown from seed, THE FLAVOR FAVES! A flavorful punch of everyday chilies for any palate.

Ring of Fire RING OF FIRE
       This is a faster maturing variety of Cayenne; perfect for the midwest. I decided to replace my typical Cayenne crop with these due to identical flavor, although Ring of Fire is a slightly smaller chili. It's the perfect everyday chili in part to their more tolerable heat levels. Hoping for a bumper crop for extra pepper flakes!
(link: highmowingseeds)


Lemon Drop
       A fruitman farms favorite! The perfect balance of heat and citrus flavor. The Drop's second year on the farm and I just can't get enough of this chili. Not overly hot, but enough. And an incredible aroma. Originally from Peru, it's great for container gardening. Expect a huge crop of these to share with your neighbors!
(link: totallytomato)


       Serranos are the new Jalapeno. Sure they are a little spicier, and smaller, but they provide a more consistent heat from chili to chili. Jalapenos can vary from overly spicy to almost completely devoid of any spice. Serranos are an essential ingredient for salsa or pico de gallo. Skip the Jalapeno and lets get serious.
(link: bonnieplants)


Bulgarian Carrot
       I went out on a limb with this one, I had never heard of it. I was looking for an oddball chili this year, and this medium-hot heat chili fit the bill quite nicely. Carrot shaped with a classic pepper taste, all in a decent 3-1/2" package. Plus it will add a little color to the farm. Anxiously waiting to see what more this chili has to offer.
(link: naturehills)


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