(Best months for planting Chilli in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)
September: After risk of frosts
Small bushy plants. Dark green ovate leaves.
Chilli need warm frost free weather, so protect with glass or plastic covers if planting outside in cooler areas.
Most varieties need a long growing period to produce many 'chillies'.
There are many types of chilli. Some are more fiery than others. As a general rule, the smaller the pod the hotter the taste.
Chillis freeze very well. Wash, dry, and free whole. Use them direct from the freezer (no need to defrost).
Wear plastic gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling and cutting to avoid accidently rubbing chilli juice onto your mouth or eyes!
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