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A Rocoto Bonsai from Finland

Posted by: Dave DeWitt


Our chilehead friend from Finland, Jukka Kilpinnen, has mastered the technique of bonsai chile plants, as evidenced by this beautiful rocoto plant in a classic bonsai pot.  If any of you would like a step-by-step guide to this procedure, it's in English here.  Incidentally, in Finnish, the technique is called bonchi.

Our European editor, Harald Zoschke, reports on this highly unusual food being served in Germany:  "I admit it--every now and then Renate and I crave for a burger at the Golden Arches restaurant. Yesterday, we had a surprise dessert there, as we discovered a "Schoko-Chili-Torte", a chocolate-chile cake, even decorated with a chile (made from colored white choc). While there were only traces of chile heat detectable, the cake was delicious, and it this is just one more proof how chiles are quickly conquering the former land of the bland. Right now they're also serving wings that are actually quite spicy."

Hydroponic Habaneros Helping Kids

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: gardening , chile peppers

Jim Duffy helps kids at youth centers in San Diego.  He comments on his website: "As far as I know, I am the only person growing the world's three hottest chiles in an NFT Hydroponic System. My vision is to expand the business, find more restaurants, and market my salsa, which will facilitate more activities with the youth in East County, San Diego.  NFT stands for "Nutrient Film Technique." The plants are sitting in tubes or trays. The roots of the plants touch the bottom of these tubes. A thin stream of film composed of water and nutrients passes by the roots giving them continuous feeding. Also, this stream of water carries with it an oxygen flow because any continuous movement in a direction moves the air and with it, oxygen. The oxygen invigorates the root system in the tube, causing more growth."

Jim sells 'Bhut Jolokias', 'Red Savinas', and 'Chocolate Habaneros' to feed kids at the youth centers and to send them to sporting events like San Diego State University football games.  To buy fresh chiles from him, call him at 619-504-9777;  his website,  Refining Fire Chiles is here.  Below is a shot of a partial harvest.


Chile Gear, Part 1

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: humor , chile pepper gear

Every chilehead probably has some "chile gear;" that is, everyday objects emblazoned with images of chile pods.  We invite you to send us photos of your own personal chile gear.  For example, Marco Budinis in Italy sent us some examples of his chile gear.

His car keys:

His mouse:

His flip flops:

Send us photos of your chile gear by emailing here


At the New Mexico State Fair, Fiery Foods & BBQ editor Gwyneth Doland assists 1546 other chile enthusiasts create the World's Longest Ristra at the NM Department of Agriculture building.

Volunteers help by hanging the ristra, first vertically....

And then horizontally, for a total length of 157 feet, 7 inches.   The ristra was assembled in 7 hours by an enthusiastic crowd of chileheads, including many children.  "They are the future of chile in New Mexico," said NMDA spokesperson James Ditmore, who led the ristra project.  "We will break this ristra record next year," he added.  --Dave DeWitt



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