Arili Chili

Harvest Size: 2 to 3 inches long Sun Days to Harvest: 75 to 80 Plant Size: 36 to 48 inches tall, 20 to 24 inches wide > Scoville units: 50,000 to 60,000 (hot)

Tree chili is known by several names: pajara's beak and rat's tail rat's tail). Tree chile refers to plant height, which can reach 4 feet, as well as to the woody stem on fruits. The other colorful names describe the slender, spear-shaped peppers, which ripen from green to fiery red. This heirloom pepper hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, is a favorite in Mexican cooking because of its bold heat and smoky flavor. Many chili cook-off competitors prefer chilli over cayenne due to their complex taste and sizzling heat.

Plants produce peppers all summer long even in summer heat and humidity.

Plant in spring to early summer starting anytime about two weeks after the last spring frost. Plant Spacing:

Plant Spacing:

-24 inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart; 12 to 18 inches in intensive gardens. One plant per 18-inch container. Plants Per Person: 2 for fresh use; 4 to 6 for freezing, canning, or creating pepper sauce, relish, and jelly.

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Harvest and Use

Snip stems of individual peppers using a sharp knife or clippers, leaving a small portion of stem attached. Rinse and dry peppers; store in the refrigerator. The more peppers you pick, the more you'll get. Pick at any stage-from green to red-until you determine the stage and heat your family enjoys. For best results drying peppers, allow fruits to mature fully, turning bright red.

Handle hot peppers with care; it's best to wear disposable gloves when harvesting or handling fruit. To avoid burning sensations, do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nasal areas while working with hot peppers. Wash your hands before using the bathroom, even if you've been wearing gloves. Capsaicin, the compound that produces the heat in hot pepper, is primarily concentrated in the veins, ribs, and seeds, but sensitivity to it varies. Use caution until you know how you'll react. If pepper juice gets in your eye or nose, flush it immediately with cold water. When the fire is in your mouth, grab milk or yogurt to counteract the burn.

Peppers are packed with Vitamins A and C-twice the vitamin C of an orange. Use Chili Pepper to season or create spicy hot pepper vinegar. Chop fresh peppers into salsa or Southwest-style dishes. Dry peppers and grind into a powder to use for seasoning soups and stews. Pepper Chili peppers retain their bright red color when dried. Try these garden companions "

This is the most frequently used pepper to create ornamental wreaths and strings (pepper strings)