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Although named after the Californian town of Anaheim this variety originated from Mexico. Given a large container with good quality fresh compost the plant can grow up to 1m tall. The peppers grow to about 20cm in length and often curl as they grow. The flesh of the fruit is medium to thick and while usually picked when green, they will turn red when fully ripe. Anaheim is a relatively mild variety that gets hotter as it ripens, it measures between 500 and 1000 on the Scoville scale. Though not particularly spicy Anaheim is a popular chili pepper for use in many recipes, it has a deep sweet flavour, often enhanced by roasting or char grilling.
Not as hot as its name suggests, the Hungarian hot wax variety of chilli pepper is actually more mild to medium, between 2000 and 5000 on the Scoville scale. The shiny, or waxy, fruits grow to about 15cm in length and 3cm wide, so long with a good girth, rather than long and skinny! It is amoung the earliest producing chillies, it can be eaten young when the fruits are pale yellow-green and have a very mild heat. Left on the plant the fruits will turn from green to yellow to orange and eventually to red increasing in heat as they mature. This variety is better suited than most to slightly colder climates such as that of the UK. The fresh flavoured fruits are great for stuffing or eating raw in salads but can lose some of their kick when cooked. The plant has a compact and bushy habit, growing 60cm to 90cm tall.
Guiness book of world records hottest chilli. Measuring 1,463,700 on the Scoville scale this chilli certainly has a sting in its tale! This pepper is actually so hot it is dangerous to handle, protective clothing is a must. This variety was propagated from the Trinidad Scorpion variety by Butch Taylor after which it is named