Santa fe Grande
An early maturing chilli with fruit that turn from yellow to red as they ripen.
Heat level: medium
(approx 5,500 SHU)
An oldie but a goodie, this American, vegetable type chilli has been around for years. But don’t let its age fool you: it can still compete with the newer varieties of chilli on both earliness and yield. The medium hot, cone-shaped fruit are about 3 x 6.5cm in size and turn from yellow to orange and then red as they mature. They are thick-fleshed and can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. See ‘More Information’ for some suggestions.
The plants grow into medium-sized, tidy bushes that are suitable for smaller greenhouses and tunnels – just be sure to grow them in pots at least 5 litres in size.
Heat level: medium (approx. 5,500 SHU)
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Approximate number of seeds per pack: 20
Santa Fe Grande is as versatile as it is good looking, and cooks with a creative flare will certainly find a place for it in their kitchens. Put a few of the yellow fruit in a pico de gallo salsa along with some green jalapeños for a quirky mix of colours. Or, scramble the chopped chillies with eggs, courgettes and garlic, stir in a bit of fish sauce and sugar, and top with coriander leaves for a real, flavour- packed breakfast. Likewise, slice them in half lengthwise and use the halves for dipping into guacamole and salsas.