Bulgarian Carrot or Shipka Seeds, Heirloom HOT Chili Pepper Seeds~ Organic !
· Pure, organic, heirloom seeds
· Grown and hand packed in the USA
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Bulgarian Carrot Pepper Seeds very heavy-yielding, open-pollinated heirloom variety has a super-hot flavor !
While this unusual chilli pepper is locally known as 'Shipka' in its native Hungary, the rest of the world calls it the Bulgarian carrot because of its origin and its remarkable resemblance to a carrot. They are also sometimes known as the 'Hot Carrot'.
Shipkas are an heirloom variety that originated in Bulgaria. Rumour has it that these chillies were smuggled out through the Iron Curtain and spread across Europe sometime around the late 1980s.
75 days from setting out transplants. Don't let this little orange pepper fool you -- it may look like a baby carrot, but the flavor is pure pepper! Medium to very hot, spicy, and with an irresistible crunchy bite, Bulgarian Carrot is one of the best varieties you can find for roasting or chopping into salsa and chutney. Early to mature and very, very high-yielding, it's also among the most economical pepper for those of us who just can't get enough "fire" in our food!
This heirloom variety is compact enough to grow in containers, reaching just 18 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. The long, tapering fruits measure about 3 to 4 inches, arising in big clusters close to the stem. (This position offers them great protection from sunburn, so if your peppers tend to get fried in the summer heat, try Bulgarian Carrot!) You simply won't believe the production capability of this modest little plant, or its speed -- in just a little over two months from the time you set the seedlings into the soil or container, you'll be picking, chopping, pickling, and reaching for tall glasses of cold water fast!
ABOUT THIS PEPPER:
The plant is an attractive white flowering plant that grows up to 2 feet. Each plant is capable of producing a good yield of pods. The peppers start off green in colour, turning to a yellow hue as they mature and then to sunny orange when they are fully matured. The maturation takes about 65 to 70 days after transplanting. The fully grown chillies grow to about 3 - 3 ½" in length and .65 to .75 in width. The mature pods look just like carrots with their bright, carrot-orange colour and carrot-shaped, long, narrow body. Several of these carrot lookalike peppers can grow on one plant.
Texture & Taste of the Bulgarian Carrot
Their sweet, carrot-like appearance belies their heat quotient. These peppers pack quite a punch. Shipkas are intensely hot with a heat factor that ranges from about 5,000-30,000 Scovilles. That heat is slightly tempered by their innate zesty, fruity flavour. The skin and the flesh of the pods have a crunchy, crispy texture, which makes them excellent for roasting. In fact, these peppers are considered to be the best varieties for roasting and also for chopping into a salsa, marinade or chutney.
They make a flavourful, crunchy topping on pizzas too. Not only do they add a delightful flavour but because of their rich orange colour, they add a distinctive colour to any dish they are added into.
Growing Shipka Chillies
The Shipka chilli plant is amongst the hardiest and fastest growing chillies, well adapted to northern climates. It is one of the easier varieties for growing outdoors and will give you a sure fire crop given a little protection from the coldest of summers.
The plant itself is solid and sturdy, with very strong branches that are capable of holding their profuse yield of pods with minimal staking. It takes about 65-75 days to yield chillies after final transplant.
Ideal time for sowing Shipkas is February to April in the US. They will need to be started off under cover but given a warm, sheltered spot and a fair to passable summer, these plants will give a good crop outdoors.
Like all peppers, Bulgarian Carrot thrives in full sun, high heat, and normal to dry soil, provided it's well-drained. Easy to grow and a treat to eat, it may just become your Pepper of choice!
Peppers often like to take their sweet time germinating. They can be up in a week, and some will take almost a month. Even with paper towel germination testing, they can take long. I'm not sure why, but it is a normal occurrence. So plan ahead and make sure you start them early enough! Also remember they like heat to germinate so make sure you have a heating mat or something to keep the soil warm. Placing them up on top of the fridge often works too since it is normally warmer up there
Peppers do very well grown in pots.
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