The amount ate: 1/4 pod Heat: 8 Flavor: 6 Burn Profile: Tongue, back of the throat Effects: none Cap Cramps: Yes
The pod ripes to a mustard/chartreuse color and can get fairly large. There is some variation, but most have a moruga scorpion shape. They are fairly thick-walled. The aroma has a hint of lime and floral. The flavor is citrus/floral. Heat is pretty intense, in the super-hot range, but not excessively hot. The piece I ate gave me cap cramps fairly soon after I ate it, but they went away quickly. The experience was similar to the Mustard Moruga Scorpion, but not quite as hot.
History is this was originally a 7-Pot Burgandy grown by Jim Duffy. He got a red and bumpy pod off of one of those plants. He sent that to Wes Lane, who grew and reported back that it had a great flavor and heat. Jim continued growing that strain and named the variant after Wes.
The amount ate: 1/4 pod Heat: 9 Flavor: 7 Burn Profile: Throat and ears Effects: heat glow cloud in the throat that descended down to the chest Cap Cramps: No
This is a very productive plant, some have quasi-tails/center protrusions others are just wrinkly and bumpy. When cut open, lots of capsicum oil, the white lining on the interior walls, and a lot of placental tissue in the center.
I tried a vertical slice, excluding the seeds and placenta. The flavor was good, a little 7-Pot floral aroma, a little sweet flavor with very little bitterness. Upon swallowing I felt a heat explosion in the general throat area, that spread outward, then descended down to my chest.
I didn’t get any adverse effects, no cap cramps at all.
The KS Peach StarrKist is a peach/orange colored pepper cross made by Khang Starr, of MOA Scotch Bonnet (mother), and Bahamian Goat (father). This is a cousin/variant pheno of KS Lemon StarrBurst and Scarlet Rose.
The seeds for my plant were given to me by Khang Starr, I believe this is an f3 or f4.
The amount eaten: 3/4 pod Heat: 3 Flavor: 8 Burn Profile: Mouth, lips Effects: none Cap Cramps: none
The pod is fairly thick walled, upon cutting, smelled fruity/citrusy with a hint of hab/chinense smell. The flavor was sweet and fruity. Pieces of placenta add more bitterness. The heat level was around habanero level. The flavor seemed to favor more that of Bahamian Goat than MOA Scotch Bonnet. Overall, it was a delicious pod. It would be great in sauces and powders. Also, might be good to cut in half horizontally and fill with some type of cheese mixture and grill or toast, like an extreme popper (or least more so that Jalapeno).
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Follow in instructions in the video below to see how to make a Sriracha style powder from frozen peppers. I call this StanRacha, the ‘Days Gone By’ blend because I used preserved frozen peppers that were over four years old.
This is a recipe and process for using vacuum sealed frozen pepper pods to make a sriracha type spice blend but could be adapted for any kind of pepper spice blend. This process could also be used from fresh pepper pods. You can adjust the recipe to taste of course, but this will give you a starting point. I also show tips on working with frozen peppers, how to dehydrate them and store for short term use and long term preservation.
For reference, here are the ratios I used, adjust according to taste:
This is the 13th pepper grow update of the season. The plants are doing well, due for some more fertilizer. I gave them 4 Tbsp each of Osmocote 14-14-14, and about 1/4 cup each of additional bonemeal. Hopefully, this won’t be too much and will help them along at least until mid-September.
I found a birds nest at the base of my Ghostly Jalapeno in the self-watering container. I think it’s a Carolina Wren.
The large Kratky plants around my porch are pushing out a lot of growth now, and some pods.
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I’m growing a Malagueta x Khang Starr White Thai under the Sansi LED floodlight. Both the parent plants were grown under this light also. I’ve been using this light for almost a year now. Although it isn’t marketed as a grow light, it actually does a great job for both vegetative growth and fruiting. I’m also using it over two Kratky grown peppers, a ‘pepper in a can’ and some succulent plants. I noticed they have a newer one that is twice the size and power. I might try it out in the near future.
Note: Sansi sent me this light for free to evaluate.
My pepper plants are coming along. I looked at some video for around this time last year, and this year’s plants seem a little behind in size in production. I think having them in small cups before plant out, and taking longer to set up them up with a constant nutrient feed, set them back a little. They should catch up and the harvests will just be a little later in the season.
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I want to see if restricting the root size to a reasonable area will encourage early fruiting, or if the plant will stay in extended veg mode. Last year I grew two plants in a 27-gallon tote, and they took forever to fruit, and the yield, although good, was not great. There were a lot of green pods on them at the very end of the season when it was turning cold. So eventually they would have produced more.
This year I’m using the same 27-gallon tote, but with one plant, and that is in a 5-gallon bucket insert. The bucket has small holes at the bottom and larger ones at the top (for air flow). The idea is, the roots will mostly be confined to the smaller container, while still having access to all the nutrients in the large tote. Andrew Higgenbottom did a similar experiment but used a much smaller inner container. I’m hoping the 5-gallon size will mitigate the issues he ran into. This isn’t a perfect experiment, as I’m not growing the same kind of plant side by side as a control, but I’m just comparing against what I saw last season. Last year I grew a StarrRacha Bonnet and a KhangSta Red in the same tote , both were in the extended veg mode most of the season. This year, in the root restricted setup, I’m growing what is supposed to be a KhangSta Red but is producing yellow pods. It’s from the same seed stock that Khang sent me, but I think it’s either crossed or just a yellow mutation of KhangSta Red since it’s still a little unstable.
I’m using Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 at just over 1 tsp/gallon, with ppm around 500. The tote has a float valve already installed, and I can hook up a reservoir later when needed to maintain a static nutrient level.