Pepper, Hot Paper Lantern Habanero (Capsicum chinense), packet of 20 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family:  Nightshade (Solanaceae)

Perennial in Zones 10-12, otherwise grown as an annual, 90 to 100 days to harvest

350,000 Scoville Heat Units

(Hot Paper Lantern Pepper, Habanero Pepper for the North)  Bright red, Chinese-lantern shaped peppers hang pendant from a sturdy, flat-topped bush.  I have trouble growing standard Habaneros outdoors in my zone 6, but these grew readily and produced volumes of beautiful peppers.  One caution, though, they are dangerously hot.  I have a habit of testing seeds by pinching them between my front teeth, and when I did this with a hot paper lantern seed, I ended up crying in the field! Standard pepper culture.

20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown

 

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  1. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    More comments specific to this particular pepper:  I found them very easy to pick.  The stem is thin and easily broken, and it is easy to pick the peppers without damaging the plant.  I like that.  The wall of the pepper really is thin, so these dry very easily, either entire (dries in 2 weeks) or as a scooped skin (dries in 2 days).  On a recent pick, it took me 45 minutes to pick 7 lbs of fresh peppers off of 24 plants.  This was the third harvest and they were at their peak.  The peppers would have been larger and heavier if the plants had been watered more during the growth cycle, but it was a drought year and I just didn’t have the water to spare.  It may be that the dry conditions also encouraged early ripening, but I can say for sure that if this had been a standard planting of habaneros I wouldn’t have gotten much off of it, whereas this planting of hot paper lantern habaneros gave prolifically.  I’ll have to break out my hot sauce recipe…

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