Mild Habanero Chiles – Orange & Red Suave
These new mild habaneros from the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University take advantage of habaneros’ complex flavor without their incendiary heat. The orange and red chiles have a delicious tropical fruitiness with a hint of citrus to enjoy in a wide range of dishes without being afraid of setting your mouth on fire. Robust Sauve plants reliably produce heavy crops of these colorful, mellow chiles.NOTE: Red food dye distinguishes red from orange variety in packet.
Seed Count: 30-35 / Weight: 0.15 gms
In early spring, start indoors about 2 months before night temperatures stay reliably 50 – 55°F (10 – 13°C). Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist but not soggy, and very warm 80°F (27°C). Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant into deeper individual containers. Maintain at 70°F (21°C). Feed with half-strength fertilizer every week until weather is warm and settled, then gradually acclimate seeds to outdoor conditions. Transplant 2 feet apart into rich soil in full sun.
Habaneros need warm conditions. Don’t transplant outdoors until night temperatures stay securely above 55°F (13°C). Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant only robust seedlings with well-developed roots. Mulch plants to maintain even soil moisture. Keep well weeded, watered and fertilized.
To harvest, cut rather than pull fruits from the plants when fully colored orange or red. With Suaves, you’ll enjoy habaneros’ unique taste without their incendiary heat. Use freely in all kinds of fresh salsas, sauces, jerk rubs and marinades. You’ll find them no hotter than mellow New Mexico green chilies, with Suave Red rated a mild 580 Scoville units and Suave Orange a smooth 835 heat units, compared to the 575,000 heat units of the normal habanero chile!
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