Koh Sumoi, Thailand
Last spring while in Thailand I sampled, then obtained some gorgeously spicy peppers. When I say obtained – I mean I stole them right off the plate the waiter gave me. He had just picked them off of the growing bushes that surrounded the inside of the veranda I was seated at. I thought the foliage was just for show. I grow things, so this excited me. The fact that I asked for extra spice in my curry and was given spice straight from the bush itself tickled me. “I CAN DO THAT!”, I said to myself. I used a few of the peppers then wrapped the rest in a napkin and secured them in my handbag.
Once I returned home to Harlem I left the seeds in the napkin on the windowsill for a few weeks to dry out completely. The images below show the progress from seedling to pepper producing. Be INSPIRED by this beautiful progression.
The first seedlings
At peak height – about 3 months in
Green before red – I thought I would have a mix of both
and the first “harvest”
SEEDS provide MORE heat
then i dry them on the windowsill for a week or so!
i also thought they would grow a little larger
easy storage, pick-dry-drop
these peppers do not like the sun … they grew better in the winter, surprisingly