5 Orange Chili Peppers to Grow at Home

We’re back with another post! Here you will find five interesting peppers that produces orange chili fruits. The Scoville Heat Unit range of the peppers are from mild to hot.

See our other post 6 Chili Peppers From India if you need more inspiration of growing chilies.

Ají amarillo

This pepper have a name that means yellow chili peppers. One of the most common chili varieties in Peru. The fruit is sometimes called ají escabeche, ají fresco or ají verde. Ají amarillo is known to been growing in Peru since Inca and is also depicted on ceramics.

The shape of the fruit has narrow shoulders and is similar to a long finger with the tip.  Its color is shiny orange. Grim think that Ají amarillo has a very aromatic and fruity taste with just the right heat. Note, the heat can vary greatly.

Grow Aji Amarillo Peppers Indoors

Aji Amarillo Peppers

Traditionally,  the seeds of the Ají amarillo peppers are removed and the fruit is sliced, chopped or shredded. The fruits are used as a flavoring or garnish. Ají amarillo is also delicious in fish and seafood dishes, ceviche, and so on. It is also common to puree the fruit and adds a very nice colour and distinctive fruity flavor with balanced heat.

Ají amarillo is also excellent to dry. Capsicum baccatum species thrive in cooler climates, but requires, a longer growing season.

Ají Dulce

Ají means “chili”  and dulce meas “sweet”. This pepper is, as Ají amarillo common in Peru but also in Bolivia. However, pepper is originated in Venezuela and Colombia. Ají Dulce is included in the traditional dish called Hallaca in Venezuela.

In Puerto Rico this pepper type is called “ají dulce” or “ajicito” (colloquially “ajice”). Here it is an important ingredient for sauces, for example, recaíto, sofrito or “mojito Isleño” (a sauce for fish or meat). In Brazil is known as Ají Dulce for the Rubra or Biquinho, and is used to make a sweet jam.

The plant has green flowers. The fruit is light green as immature and goes from weak orange to rich orange colour when it ripens. The plant will grow about one meter tall with large tabacco like leaves that can be up to 12×24 cm.

The fruits grow mostly in pairs in large numbers and becoming 4-5 cm large and wrinkled, and the variable pointed or blunt oblong. The flesh is thin and juicy.

Its aromatic flavor with a hint of smokiness lends itself raw in sauces and salads, the fruit is also used traditionally in salsa and fish dishes. Ají Dulce can be used green or ripe. Seeds can be removed and the remaining fruit pars can be frozen. This technique preserves its rich flavour much better than drying.

Ají Dulce is one of the few mild chinense varieties but has a similar flavor to habanero peppers in flavor. As other Capsicum Chinense varieties, Ají Dulce need a lot of heat and high humidity to thrive.

Have you ever wondered why do chili peppers burn when you eat them?

Hot Apple

Hot apple has a similar form as the Hungarian Klari Cheese pepper, but is slightly larger and hotter. This familiar Hungarian variety is also known as  “Hungarian Apple Pepper”.

The 5-7 cm wide chili fruits will be the first be creme white to yellow and then orange – red when ripen. The growth cycle is 65 to 80 days. Hot apple peppers have a thick skin with thick walls. Guy swears that the taste is intense. This makes them great for roasting, and pickling, among other things. We also find it good to roast whole or use in salads and as a spicy sandwich. The taste is sweet and juicy with a mild but still with a noticeable heat. In Hungary, they are traditionally filled with sauerkraut.

Hot apple plants will usually grow approximately 45 cm high and 40 cm wide. It can also grow up to 90 cm high. It is suitable to grow indoors, it produces a lot of fruit!

Bulgarian Carrot

Bulgarian Carrot is also known as Shipkas and, obviously, originates from Bulgaria as the name suggests. The interesting thing with this chili is its established growth habit. It’s like the plants stands at attention and sturdy in the pot. After transplanting, it takes 65 to 75 days to reach the ripe chili peppers.

The fruits grows more or less along the stem. First, the color of the pods is green, then yellow and finally orange at the 7-8 cm long carrot looking and very strong fruits. Scoville heat units is not yet confirmed. This fruit varies in strength according to various sources between 2000 to 350000 SHU. Bulgarian Carrot is very good to use in cooking.  The crispy flesh is suitable for salsa, chili jam, chutney and marinades.

Very good for container growing. The plants don’t grow that tall and you don’t need that much space to grow the plants. In general, Bulgarian carrot is very easy to grow and suitable to grow in colder climate.

Datil Pepper

Datil or Datil Pepper is a very hot chile pepper and is a good alternative to the classic Habanero. It has Habaneros strength but at the same time, a sweeter and fruitier taste. Just as with the Habanero, the strength can vary from 100,000 to 300,000 SHU. Ripe fruits is about 8 cm long with a yellow-orange color.

Datil is grown throughout the United States and other places around the world. However, this pepper type is originated in St. Augustine, Florida.

Chili Pepper of the datil variety

Orange red datil pepper

Myths about the Datil Pepper

Interestingly, there are many myths that try to explain the origin of the Datil. First, some suggest that the fruits were brought to St. Augustine by workers from Minorca in the late 1700s. Second, others mean that they were brought from Cuba around 1880. Additionally, there is the “Legend of the 17th Century” about the pleasure seeking explorer Fernando Del Viejo. According to myth, Fernando Del Viejo was on a mission by queen Isabella of Spain to travel with the conquistadors and help the new world to grow Datil Peppers. It is also alleged that the Datil strengthened the Spanish treasury due to their rarity and golden hue. There is also controversy as to whether the real origin was the results of the slave trade in St. Augustine.

The Datil pepper is almost identical with the west African chili pepper called Fatalii. There are many commercial manufacturers of Datil pepper sauce and other food products in St. Augustine. In St. Augistine you can also visit the annual Datil Pepper Festival.

They growth is the same as that of the other Capsicum Chinense varieties . Remember,  the plant thrives in a sunny window, conservatory, greenhouse or outdoors in a sunny and protected location during the summer. Pruning can be done in the fall to help the plant to produce fruit. The plant can sometimes take a good amount of time to produce fruit. In some cases you may have to wait until after the winter before before the first fruits appear. If you are cultivation during the winter season, you generally require some form of grow lighting. Pollinate by shaking the plant or using a small brush.

Now that you you know about some peppers to grow take a look at our short guide to growing your own peppers. Oh! We’ve more recently published a post we call 12 Facts About Chili Peppers.Read it!

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