I planted a row of Jamaican Hot Chocolate habanero peppers this spring, perhaps my favorite hot chile. They require a long growing season, and I’ve only recently begun to harvest a few. Imagine my surprise to find a big plant in the same row, full of an obviously very different pepper.
Quite possibly the single seed from which this plant grew became inadvertently mixed in with the hot chocolate seeds by the seedsman. However, I searched his web site, and compared images of this upstart to every other red hot pepper I could find, with no good matches. So, also possibly, it’s a sport – a mutation.
The facts are these: The fruit are usually 2 to 3 inches long, fiery red-orange when ripe, hotter than the average jalapeño but not as hot as a tabasco pepper, and certainly not nearly as hot as the Jamaican Hot Chocolates. They’re flavorful, though, with a hint of sweetness before the heat kicks in, and held on a large, spreading and prolific plant.
Oh yeah, and also shaped pretty much like a devil’s hangy-down part (hey, look at the photo and see for yourself). In the event a marketing campaign becomes necessary, I was hoping we could get by just dropping the “c”.