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Origin: Croatia via Spain OrganicLea Heat Rating: 2 This is a pretty, round (4cm height and width), fleshy “Cherry” type that ripens early. The seed was brought back from a seed swap in Andalucia, Spain, by Aimee, an OrganicLea apprentice …

Long Green Buddha

Origin: India OrganicLea Heat Rating: 1 This is a pleasant, mild chilli which, when green is excellent in salsas. It ripens to red, and as the name suggests is relatively long at 9-12 cm. It was obtained from the Heritage …


Origin: Japan OrganicLea Heat Rating: 6 This means “Hawk’s Claw” in Japanese, referring to its talon shape. The heat is said, by renowned chilli writers DeWitt & Bosland, to “dissipate rapidly”, but our panel weren’t convinced. 3-4 cm long.