Two new su­per hot chill­ies

Agriculture - - News -

TWO NEW HABANERO chilli va­ri­eties de­vel­oped by East-West Seed are said to per­form well un­der Philip­pine con­di­tions in both the wet and dry sea­sons. This was learned from Ramil Pan­er­gayo, the com­pany’s prod­uct and mar­ket com­bi­na­tion man­ager.

These are the Pi­quante Red and the Pi­quante Yel­low, which are claimed to be three times hot­ter than the com­pany’s cur­rent best­seller, Red Hot. These Habanero va­ri­eties pro­duce big­ger fruits than Red Hot. It takes only 100 to 120 fruits of the Habanero types to make a kilo, whereas it takes more than 600 fruits of Red Hot to make a kilo.

The Pi­quante Red has strong plant vigor and is con­sid­ered early ma­tur­ing at 75 to 85 days af­ter trans­plant­ing. The fruits, which are 4.5 x 3 cen­time­ters (cm), are light green when im­ma­ture but bright red when ripe. Aside from its pun­gency, it is also prized for its very high aroma, which con­nois­seurs usu­ally look for.

Pi­quante Yel­low also has strong plant vigor and good fo­liage cover that pro­tects the fruits from sun scald­ing. Fruits are bright yel­low when ma­ture with high pun­gency and aroma. The fruit is 4.3 cm long and 3.3 cm wide.

Aside from be­ing con­sumed fresh, the two va­ri­eties are good can­di­dates for mak­ing hot sauces, pow­der, and flakes.

The two va­ri­eties will be launched for com­mer­cial plant­ing in East and West Africa this year (2018), ac­cord­ing to Pan­er­gayo. It is not yet known when they will be re­leased for com­mer­cial plant­ing in the Philip­pines. – ZBS

Pi­quante Red is vig­or­ous and high-yield­ing.

Pi­quante Yel­low has good fo­liage cover that pro­tects the fruits from sun­scald.

Bright yel­low fruits of Pi­quante Yel­low.

Ramil Pan­er­gayo

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