Heat up the win­ter with chilies

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - GARDENING - COLLEEN ZACHARIAS

PLAN­NING to save your pep­per seeds this fall? The seeds from bell pep­pers can be saved eas­ily. Sim­ply cut open ripe pep­pers and re­move the seeds. Spread clean seeds on a pa­per towel in a cool, dry area. The seeds are ready to be stored in an en­ve­lope once they break in half when folded.

They may not grow into a plant with traits iden­ti­cal to the par­ent, how­ever, due to cross-pol­li­na­tion with other va­ri­eties.

Seeds from chili pep­pers can also be saved, al­though cau­tion is ad­vised. Even a trace amount of cap­saicin oil, present in the mem­branes of the pods, can cause a sting­ing sen­sa­tion in the eyes. Rub­ber gloves are rec­om­mended when cut­ting or seed­ing chili pep­pers.

Dave Han­son, to­day’s con­trib­u­tor, rec­om­mends grow­ing pep­pers year-round for bold colour and de­li­cious flavour­ing. Han­son, founder and lead ed­u­ca­tor at Sage Gar­den Green­houses in Win­nipeg, is con­tin­u­ally en­er­gized by the in­deli­ble aroma of sen­sory plants, the chal­lenge of fig­ur­ing plants out and the amaz­ing in­ter­ac­tion be­tween gar­den and gar­dener.

Han­son is a sea­soned speaker and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to lo­cal and national me­dia and is gar­den­ing colum­nist for CBC’s Week­end Morn­ing Show.


Some like it hot! The Bo­li­vian Rain­bow pep­per will pro­duce bril­liantly coloured fruits year round and add plenty of pun­gency to your favourite recipes. 10,000 to

30,000 Scov­illes (heat unit mea­sure).

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