A brand new chilli plant has arrived for 2021 and we’ve created a handy guide with everything you need to know about it! The Chilli Longhorn F1 is a cayenne variety and is a must-have addition to every vegetable garden or plot this year.
A New Year and There’s a New Chilli to Grow!
Do you fancy trying a new chilli this year? Then welcome the Chilli Longhorn F1 to your veg patch! This cayenne variety is high yielding with copious spicy fruits. The long name matches this long chilli, as it boasts a distinctive but attractive ‘curl’. The Longhorn is seriously productive and produces in large numbers, and weighs in at an impressive 15-20,000 SHU! This is 4x hotter than the popular Jalapeno Chilli at 2,500-5,000 SHU, so, if you prefer chillies with flavour and enough heat without being too much, then this variety is perfect for you!
These Longhorn plants can also withstand intense heat/sun without damage to the fruit, but they may need a little support with the weight of all the fruit!
The Chilli Longhorn F1 is also the front page of our latest Gardening Catalogue for 2021. If you would like a copy, just follow the link here and order yours today!
Why Grow Chillies?
A new year is the perfect opportunity to try something a little different and growing your own chillies are a must on the veg patch. Plot to plate tastes fiercely great and besides the new Chilli Longhorn F1, there are many other varieties to choose from too. You can try something sweet and mild or red hot.
Chillies are not only versatile in growing conditions but are a delicious ingredient in the kitchen too! Try yours in a sunny spot on the windowsill, in a greenhouse, or directly in the ground. They continue to grow well in pots and containers, whether this is in a conservatory or on the patio. Chillies will add a burst of colour wherever they go and often produce bumper crops!
If you want to know more about how to grow your chilli plant, then take a look at our handy Chilli Growing Guide.
How to Use Your Chillies in the Kitchen
If you like a hint of heat in your homecooked dishes, then using chillies picked straight from your plant is the perfect way to add a fiery twist. You can be pretty experimental with the way in which you add your homegrown chillies to homecooked dishes, such as fresh, grounded or roasted with other veg from the plot!
Use fresh and chop up into scrambled eggs, sandwiches or burgers, stir-fries, soups, stews or curries. You can use as much or as little chilli as you like, depending on the level of spice that you can handle! The Longhorn isn’t too fiery, so when eaten fresh it won’t blow up your taste buds.
The Longhorn also works really well as a seasoning when dried, smoked, and ground to give a mild chilli powder. Dust over your avocado in the morning or at brunch and enjoy a mild burst of heat!
Roasting your own chillies and peppers is super easy in the oven, grill or live fire. It adds a hot but smokey flavour to all kinds of roasted dishes, especially adding heat to other vegetables. You can buy them roasted in store, but the flavour of doing your own is so much better.
Pepper and Chilli Facts
Did you know?
- Chilli peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits.
- Eating chillies causes the brain to release endorphins, making them the ultimate ‘feel-good’ vegetable plant.
- Peppers and chilli plants are extremely low in calories.
- The heat of chilli pepper plants actually comes from the strip that attaches the seed to the fruit, rather than the seed itself.
- The most effective way of cooling down the heat after eating a hot pepper is by eating or drinking dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, sour cream, ice cream.