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FAQ 2017-08-23T07:56:33+00:00
Is it safe to ship your bulk fermented pepper puree or pepper mash (unpasteurized) with a standard carrier in hot summer? 2019-08-13T11:31:23+00:00

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.

How do you guys pack the dried pods? Because I’m sure that dried pods are fragile and will brake on shipment. 2019-08-08T16:41:57+00:00

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.

What’s the average sizes and weight of one dried Carolina Reaper pod? 2017-10-10T15:19:10+00:00

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.

What do I do with the “Nature’s Greeting” plant after the message falls off? 2016-05-03T10:33:40+00:00

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.

What kind of plant is the “Nature’s Greeting” plant? 2016-05-03T09:24:32+00:00

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.

From where are the seeds that you use for the growing kits? 2016-05-01T18:21:21+00:00

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.

What is the growing medium that is used in the growing kits? 2016-05-01T18:49:07+00:00

The growing medium in our recyclable aluminum containers is vermiculite.  Vermiculite is non toxic, and inert.

What is the quantity of mash that equivalent to one pepper pod? 2016-05-01T18:26:56+00:00

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.

How can I give the plants more room to grow? 2016-05-02T08:31:08+00:00

It is a Climber, and if you keep it beyond the message stage, it will need a fence, wall or pole to climb on.

What is the “Nature’s Greeting” plant species? 2016-05-03T10:34:17+00:00

The plant species is Canavalia Gladiata, or Swordbean.

What is the life span of the “Nature’s Greeting” plant? 2016-05-03T10:34:43+00:00

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.

 

Dose your mash contain sulfites? 2017-08-23T07:56:43+00:00

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”.

Dose radiation kill bugs and bugs eggs in dried chili and other spices? 2016-05-02T08:36:39+00:00

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.

Is the mash still usable after the expiration date? 2016-04-29T18:02:33+00:00

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.

How long will my pepper plant live for? 2016-05-02T08:39:05+00:00

Your pepper plant is perennials and will live for approximately 7 years

When should I prune my pepper plant? 2016-05-02T08:40:07+00:00

You will need to prune after the first season of pods as the next season flowers will only appear on virgin growth.

When will I see peppers grow on my plant? 2016-04-29T18:03:43+00:00

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.

What fertilizer to use after transporting the plant? 2016-04-29T18:04:05+00:00

We recommend fish emulsion. You may purchase this type of fertilizer at any garden center.

Can the plant be taken out of can while growing? 2017-08-23T07:56:43+00:00

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.

I followed directions, and have several plants popping up in the can. What should I do now? 2016-05-02T08:42:23+00:00

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.

 

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