We make the pepper puree / mash and then add a small amount of acetic acid. The acetic acid deters/slows the growth of the harmless yeasts and molds that want to grow in warm weather. If the product does develop a “veil’ of these harmless yeasts and molds on top of the product, you can scrape it off the top of the pepper mash and then use the mash. Please note that fermented pepper mash must be cooked or have another type of kill step before using. Our fermented pepper mash contains living lactobacilli for fermentation.
When chili pepper pods are too dried, they will break easily. Our pepper pods are in the correct percentage of moisture, which keeps them a bit flexible so they will not break during shipment.
The sizes and weights may vary. Dried Carolina reaper pepper pods can range from 1 to 2 inches in length, over 0.5 to 1.5 inches wide, with a weight of 0.03oz to 0.06oz.
The Swordbean plant (“Nature’s Greeting” plant) is a climber, and will do well when transplanted outdoors and allowed to climb on a fence, trellis, or wall. Just transplant your Swordbean outdoors into good soil, water when needed, and it will continue to grow and grow. The Swordbean is a perennial, but cannot tolerate freezing weather.
The “Nature’s Greeting” plants common name is the “Swordbean” plant. The Swordbean will bear fruits (pods) that will grow 12-18 inches long and resemble swords. Swordbean fruits are not edible.
The seeds in the growing kits are produced from our own crops. We have hot chili pepper crops growing in various places around the world at all times, as we sell dried pepper and pepper mash products, as well as the pre planted seed growing kits. A certain portion of each crop is isolated, so the seed remains pure.
The growing medium in our recyclable aluminum containers is vermiculite. Vermiculite is non toxic, and inert.
Our Scorpion peppers average 180 fresh peppers per kilogram (2.2 pounds). Our mash has 85% Scorpion peppers, with added 15% salt. The retail mash is then heated to stop fermentation activity, with a loss of approx 15% water weight due to evaporation during this process.
Therefore, approx 180 peppers are in one kilo of retail mash, approx 5 peppers per ounce.
Please call me with any questions.
It is a Climber, and if you keep it beyond the message stage, it will need a fence, wall or pole to climb on.
The plant species is Canavalia Gladiata, or Swordbean.
If you keep it beyond the message stage, it will need a fence, wall or pole to climb on. After the message falls off, you can replant it in a larger pot or plant it outdoors. Under these conditions it will last more then 2 years.
Naturally occurring sulfites occur in many fruits, vegetables, as well as fermented foods. As we don’t add sulfites to our mashes, they are not tested for sulfites. In the U.S., FDA labeling regulations do not require finished products to indicate the presence of sulfites in foods unless it has been added specifically as a preservative. This is way our retail mash labels say “may contain sulfites”.
The FDA determined that all live insects and their eggs are killed at Phytosanitary levels. This means at 1 kGy all insects and eggs are killed. Therefor levels of irradiation are far above the dose needed so yes they are killed.
FDA allow us to promote specific shelf life for each specific item. your sauce maker / co packer will know the answer for this question. once you process food ingredients you are changing the life shelf of the final products by cooking or adding preservative.
Your pepper plant is perennials and will live for approximately 7 years
You will need to prune after the first season of pods as the next season flowers will only appear on virgin growth.
The super hot chili pepper plants are long season peppers. They take approximately 160 days from germination to flowering. Make sure you have replanted your peppers in good quality potting soil, such as Miracle grow, with lots of room for the roots to spread.
We recommend fish emulsion. You may purchase this type of fertilizer at any garden center.
You will need to transplant your seedling into a bigger pot or into the ground when the plant is approximately 5-6 inches tall and before it gets rootbound. Stick a pencil or other slim, dull object into the drain hole in the bottom and gently push the soil with plant out the top of the container. You may also run a dull table knife around the inside of the can against the can wall to loosen the plant for removal.
You can thin them down, and leave only the strongest plant remaining, or, you can let them grow a bit, to a point that it seems sturdy enough for transplantation (approx 6 inches tall), then separate them into their own pots of sterile soil , or transplant to the garden. With the second option, there is more risk of damage to the young, tender plants. Do this carefully, and you should have several healthy plants.