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   StormCnter  My dad had a favorite little hot pepper (fiery hot ) he called a chile peteen. The plants would grow very fast and birds loved the peppers. I have tried for a long time to locate the peppers, the seeds, the plants...anything, but my searches always turned up the pequin pepper, which is different. Finally, today, I found Daddy's pepper. It's apparently a tepin, not a peteen. This is definitely the right one. Anyone else familiar with this little super-hot delicacy? Three or four in a bowl of frijoles make a real difference.
   September 26 at 17:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I will have to locate seed for planting next year. I planted "chiltepin" hot peppers on the advice of one of the migrants. They are tiny hot numbers ripening to black. I harvested a few and gave them to the man who requested them. Still there are plenty on the plants. I forget about them.
September 26 at 21:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Bird. I'm glad someone else knows about them. I was surprised to find that although they are native to northern Mexico, Texas and New Mexico, they are a "protected plant. As easy as they are to grow, that's hard to believe. Amazon has the seeds, as do several web seed stores. They dry easily and well, too.
September 27 at 05:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just glanced over a blurb stating people who eat spicy foods tend to live longer and have fewer illnesses. It's time to upload on more in our house this year ; )
Storm you mention ease of drying these hotties - any tips?
Tried a few times unsuccessfully w/a variety [jalapenos, habanero, etc.] One of the 5 big local food chains has a wide selection of hot peppers, another offers bags of dried, and another offers Asian hard-to-find ingredients.
September 27 at 09:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, my mother used to simply spread them on a sunny windowsill. Because they are so small, they dry much quicker than other peppers. I have read they can be dried in a dehydrator, too.

BTW, it's true about people who eat spicy foods being ill less often. Hispanics are a prime example. Something about the capsaicin is beneficial to the respiratory system and seems to help arthritis sufferers.
September 27 at 13:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm not going to order seeds from Amazon. The photo at Amazon doesn't look like these peppers. But, Parkseed.com has them at a reasonable price. According to Park Seed, "'Tepin' peppers measure between 50,000 and 100,000 on the Scoville heat index, which is essentially off-the-charts hot. (Jalapeno is only about 5,000 Scovilles, by comparison. )" They are VERY hot.
September 27 at 14:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have tried to dehydrate hot peppers in my Excaliber. It's a forced air unit. As they dried the area was quickly filled with hot pepper fumrs. I tossed the peppers. Took a day for the area to air out. I was afraid the fumes would aggravate or throats/noses and not be good for the parrots in the house. Now....my friend has had great success dehydrating hers in her oven. Gas. I think she it is a Jenn Air. Anyway she has had great luck with dehydrating peppers(no fumes ) and herbs. After they cool she puts them in jars and vacuum seals the jars.
September 27 at 14:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you both. I used to pickle jalapenos and successfully can them - using just a vinegar, water & salt solution.
September 28 at 10:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My apologies. Green to black ripens to red.
I have pulled a lot of them and will save seed. I read they are the only hot pepper native to the US. And are very hot. I may see if I can pot one to bring inside to winter over. I got my seeds from
Totally Tomatoes.....online.
September 30 at 08:49 EST .

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