Heat up the winter with chilies
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).