Hot peppers are those in the 5,000 to 50,000 Scoville Units range. These will really give your mouth a treat. Have some cheese, ice cream or a glass of cold milk on hand when tasting them. Dairy is one of the fastest remedies for hot pepper mouth burn because casein, a protein found in milk, breaks the bond between the capsaicin and the pain receptors in your mouth.
The easy-to-grow cayenne pepper, averaging 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, is an ideal container plant. It produces brilliantly colored, quite hot peppers, 4 to 6 inches in length that mature in 70 to 80 days. The cayenne pepper was originally grown in the Cayenne district of French Guiana. After colonization, the Portuguese introduced the pepper to Asia and it is now very popular in Indian and Indo-Chinese cooking — chutneys, curries and other hot dishes. It is also used frequently in Creole and Cajun dishes.
”Charleston Hot” is considered the hottest cayenne at 70,000 to 100,000 Scoville Units. The 18-inch tall plant produces 4 to 5-inch long peppers that mature from light green to yellow to orange. They are great for drying.
Tabasco is an ideal container plant. These compact, bushy, highly productive plants measure one to four feet tall and bear about 100 upright-growing 1