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July 12, 2008

The crop

After last year's chili crop was eaten by aphids, this year's looks significantly better. I'm particularly proud of my Numex Twilight plant, which not only has chilies in up to five different colours (green, purple, yellow, orange, red) at any given time:

Numex Twilight

the chilies are also hot enough to actually be used for cooking -- up to now, the species I had planted were so mild all I could do was to fill them with fresh goat cheese and eat them raw.

Apparently, Numex Twilight is a hybrid of several ornamental chilies from Thailand, and the product of some kind of experiment at the University of New Mexico (hence "Numex"). The concept of ornamental chilies was new to me, but I must say that they are indeed very pretty, so much that I really didn't want to cut any of them off the plant when I wanted to cook a vindaloo recently.

In the end, I did cut five of them off, and the vindaloo was delicious.

Posted by Horst on July 12, 2008 10:49 PM to creatures great & small | Tell-a-friend
Jann said on July 29, 2008 11:45 PM:

How nice to find a plant that produces chilies both attractive and tasty! Are they also resistant to aphids, or did you just have better luck this year? Or a better method of controlling aphids?

Horst said on August 2, 2008 04:24 PM:

Yes, so far I have managed to keep the aphids under control this year.

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