Bulgarian Hot Chili Pepper (Capiscum annuum) This heirloom, aka as a Shipka, is thought to have made its way to North America from Russia in the early 80's. Bright orange, 3-4 inch long peppers that resemble small carrots are produced well into the fall. They are very hot while retaining a slight fruity flavour. Bulgarian Hot Chile peppers are very prolific, born close to the stem, covering most of the small 16 - 18 inch plants. They are a wonderful container pepper or great to plant in tight spaces. We have regularly picked over 30 peppers/plant and have used them in marinades and salsas, as well as in hot sauces. They are also delicious dried and ground. A worthy addition to your hot pepper collection!
Scoville heat units (SHU): 10,000 – 30,000
70 days to maturity
25 seeds per packet $3.95
Planting Instructions: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/4 inch deep and keep soil warm. Transplant into 1 inch cells or 2 inch pots at 1-2 leaf stage. Staking tomatoes (indeterminate) should be transplanted into 3-4 inch pots. Harden off plants for 4-5 days after risk of frost has passed, then transport outdoors.