What are stable and unstable varieties?
Stable varieties are ones who’s genetic code is fixed. Meaning the strain will look and taste relatively the same from pod to pod. Unstable varieties are typically newly created strains, which can be inconsistent in their color, shape, and heat level. A new, unstable strain is created by pollinating one pepper variety with another. New, unstable strains can be stabilized over a period of years.
Stable varieties are protected from cross pollination by some growers by shielding them pollinators (insects). This allows the pepper plants to self-pollinate, and replicate their genetic structure in the next generation of seeds without contamination from other varieties.
What is Capsaicin?
Capsaicin is what gives of chile peppers their heat! But that’s not all, it acts as an antioxidant, vasodilator, and anti-bacterial! Capsaicin is the most concentrated in the placental tissue of the pepper, i.e. the whitish yellow structure the seeds are attached to. In addition, super hot peppers contain oil that coats the inner walls of the pepper that also has high concentrations of capsaicin. It has major health benefits, which you can read about on our Spicy Health page.
What is the Scoville Scale?
The Scoville scale was created by Wilbur Scoville as a way to measure how hot a chili pepper is. They measure the heat by putting a portion of the pepper being tested in a solution of alcohol, which is then deluded with sugar water. They continue deluding it until the heat of the chili pepper can no longer be perceivable by at least three taste testers. The Scoville units of any particular pepper, reflects the amount of times it had to be deluded in sugar water for the heat to no longer be felt. So the higher concentration of capcaisin inside the peppers, the hotter it is, and the higher it is on the Scoville scale.
What does "isolated" or "open pollinated" mean?
Isolated means that the pepper plant in question was separated from other pepper plants of a different variety. The goal of this is to prevent two different varieties from cross pollinating, so the seed produced by the plants is pure, and not a cross. Plants that are not isolated, or that are “open pollinated”, are grown without these isolation precautions. Meaning there is a possibility that the seed produced by the plant will be a cross of that variety, and another variety grown nearby.
How fast do you guys ship?
We hate staring at tracking information just as much as you! Which is why we strive to get orders fulfilled and sent out ASAP! Most orders leave the farm within 1 business day. If your order is placed early in the morning, it may even go out the same day!
What shipping service do you use?
We use the US Postal Service, more specifically, First Class Mail. They’re really the only economical option when it comes to shipping light-weight packages. We ship heavier orders via Priority Mail or UPS.
What if I'm not happy with my order?
All of our chile peppers are guaranteed! If you’re not happy with them, then drop us a note and we’ll get the issue taken care of!
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What is the world's hottest pepper?
Currently, the Carolina Reaper is certified by Guinness as the world’s hottest pepper. It is not necessarily the hottest pepper on earth though, merely the hottest that has yet been tested. Many believe several other varieties to be hotter than the Reaper, such as the Chocolate Bhutlah, among others. The other varieties have yet to be officially tested on the Scoville Scale, which is why the Reaper retains the title. Be sure to try them all and decide for yourself!