A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

World of chillies

Welcome to OrganicLea’s World of Chillies. At our Hawkwood site, we grow and save seed from over 50 cultivars of chilli, a living library in which most of the world’s regions are represented, and all of its continents – except for Antarctica! We love chillies because they are beautiful and productive; and they play a role in virtually every culinary culture on this planet.

Wondering how hot the chillies you have in your veg bag or market stall pack are?

Thinking of ordering a load of chillies for making a sauce?

Or just fascinated by the pepper plant?

Whichever, we hope you find our World of Chillies pages useful.

Note: the OrganicLea Heat Rating is a rough guide, agreed by our tasting panel will sit occasionally at lunchtimes in the garden. 1 unit corresponds roughly to 10,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) with 10 + being above 100,000. It’s a matter of taste, but a rating of 1 is very mild, 4 medium, 6 hot and 10+ very hot to ludicrously hot.