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Demon Red Chillies – Good Things Come in Small Packages

This is the first year I’ve grown any Demon Red (Capsicum anuum) chillies. I wanted a small, compact variety that would grow well on a south facing windowsill and produce lots of edible pods. Anther key requirement was that plant had to look good in order to be ‘granted permission’ to live inside our kitchen. Demon Red turned out to be an excellent choice to be grown indoors….

Demon Red Chillies

The plant has been covered in tiny (1-2cm long), upright pods all summer long. It was one of the first varieties to produce pods and is still throwing out flowers and pods deep into October. Although they are small, the ripe pods pack a fair bit of heat and have a decent flavour too. One or two pods is more than enough to liven up a pasta dish. They make an idea chilli plant for a kitchen window as a hit of heat is always to hand.

With the pods being very small and thin skinned they are also ideally suited to drying. To do this I simply pick them and place them on a tray somewhere warm (like the airing cupboard) for a couple of weeks. They can be used whole or ground down into flakes or even a chilli powder. Check out our preserving chillies article for some more ideas about how to preserve your crop.




5 comments… add one

  • Parry August 13, 2014, 9:38 am

    Hi I have grown a Demon Red Chillli plant this year and it looks very healthy and full of flowers and chilli’s the only problem is the chilli’s have all turned black!! Can I rescue them?

    • The Chilli King August 19, 2014, 10:18 am

      Parry,
      Don’t worry this is perfectly normal. Turning black is often part of the ripening process. Have a look at this post for more information.

  • steve October 14, 2013, 7:43 am

    Thanks for your reply, I will wait then till jan/feb

    Steve

  • ESSEXSTEVE October 13, 2013, 6:03 pm

    They look great .

    Could you start growing form seed for next season now ?

    Steve

    • The Chilli King October 13, 2013, 7:05 pm

      Steve,
      Thanks. It’s probably a bit early to start for next year unless you have a semi serious grow light set up. I usually get my seeds in after the new year. Of course annum varieties like Demon Red grow much quicker so you can plant them much later. I’ll probably be planting mine around late February.

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