A History of the Hot Pepper

Hot peppers have been a part of the human diet in America since at least 7500 BC. There is archaeological evidence in southwestern Ecuador that hot peppers were one of the first cultivated crops in America that is self-pollinating.   More …

Facts of the Hot Pepper

• Chili and chile are both the pungent fruit of the capsicum, also called chile or chili pepper. But chili is a shortening of chili con carne, a ground beef dish that incorporates chili powder or chili peppers. And Chile, capitalized, is a country.   More …

Medicinal Value of the Hot Pepper

Hot peppers have been around for more than 6,000 years and now they are taking the medical world by storm. They have an array of health benefits and it’s time to get them in your diet.   More …

Scoville Values of the Hot Pepper

The name Scovie comes from Scoville Unit, the measure of hotness of a sauce and gets it’s name from its inventor Wilbur Scoville who developed the test in 1912 to measure the heat of a pepper.   More …


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    how to grow Hot peppers


    • Peppers flourish in well drained, loamy soil that is well worked. You should prepare your garden in a sunny spot that receives at least eight hours of sunlight a day.
    • Plant seeds about 1/2 in deep and water sparingly but often to keep them moist.
    • Both seedlings you grow yourself and seedlings you bring home from the nursery will need to be hardened off before you plant them in the garden outside.
    • Wait to plant your peppers until all danger of frost has past, the warmer the weather the better. Plant the peppers deep enough so that two inches of the stem is covered with soil.
    • Once the first set of flowers appear on your pepper plants, gently pinch them off. Don’t worry, more flowers will grow and your plant will be able to bear large peppers when they do.
    • Hot Pepper plants prefer moist soil. Add plenty of water during hot, dry summer months.
    • Add mulch around the peppers to keep down weeds, and to retain soil moisture. As the peppers develop, switch over to a fertilizer higher in Phosphorous and Potassium.
    • Gardeners often make the mistake of providing too much nitrogen. The result is a great looking bushy, green plant, but few fruit.



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