Chilli Harvest - 3rd October 2014
On this page I've added a list of links to chilli related websites that may be of interest to some of you, although I'm sure that the seasoned chilli-heads among you will be familiar with most of them already. I'll add to the list as and when I come across new content, which isn't very often to be honest. All of the websites listed below are ones that I use personally, but I have no affiliation with any of them.

Nowadays, I typically only purchase chilli seeds from businesses that save them from their own plants. This drastically reduces the chances of receiving seeds for the wrong varieties, a problem which became quite common place in the past. Many businesses purchase chilli seed in bulk and then resell it under their own name, so most of the time they don't really know what they're selling to customers. All of the external links listed below will open in a new window or tab.

Recommended Chilli Seed Sellers

  1. Fatalii - Here you can buy good quality chilli seeds and browse through numerous photos and articles pertaining to all things chilli.

  2. Real Seeds - This is a vegetable seed company based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which specialises in heirlooms and really good modern strains. They also sell a nice selection of chilli varieties that grow well in the UK climate.

  3. Sea Spring Seeds - Best known for the Dorset Naga, these guys sell top quality chilli seeds with excellent germination rates.

  4. Semillas - Established since 2001 and based in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Semillas La Palma is a traditional family run business that sells an extensive range of true to type chilli pepper and tomato seeds with excellent germination rates.

  5. The Hippy Seed Company - This is an Australian business that has been in operation since 1998. They offer a large selection of chilli varieties from all around the world. They also have a popular YouTube channel where they post chilli reviews. A link to their YouTube channel is provided below.

Chilli Related Websites

  1. Clifton Chilli Club - The Clifton Chilli Club is the UK's largest chilli club and provides services pertaining to all things chilli — from growing classes, chilli eating contests, freelance writing, TV and media consultancy, cooking demonstrations, educational talks, product reviews, world travel vlogs and much more. They also have a very popular YouTube channel and release a new video every Sunday. A link to their YouTube channel is provided below.

  2. Pepperfriends Capsicum Database - Here you'll find an extensive database containing top quality photos and information about many chilli varieties, including many rare wild Capsicum species. The website is written in Italian and may therefore need to be translated.

  3. The Chileman - Here you will find a database containing over 3812 chilli varieties, as well as detailed articles pertaining to all things chilli. It appears that the website is no longer maintained, but the information may still be of use.

Science-Based Websites

  1. Centre for Genetic Resource - The Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN) focuses on conservation and the use of vegetable crops, farm animal breeds and autochthonous forest species. It manages the gene bank for plant genetic resources, ranging from commercial varieties, landraces, farmer varieties and wild varieties of crops from over 100 countries.

  2. Germplasm Resources Information Network - The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) documents animal, microbial and plant collections through informational pages, searchable databases and links to USDA-ARS projects that curate the collections. GRIN is operated by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

  3. Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages - Here you can find information on (currently) 117 different spice plants. The emphasis is on their usage in ethnic cuisines, and also discussed is their history, chemical constituents and the etymology of their names.

  4. Infernochili - Created in 1997, Inferno Chili provides detailed information about chilli plants, as well as scientifically accurate facts about numerous Capsicum species and varieties. It also provides plenty of photos, clear maps and tables to help you navigate the wonderful world of chillies. The website is written in Finnish and may therefore need to be translated.

  5. IPK Leibniz Institute - The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a member of the Leibniz Association. It is organised as a non-profit foundation under public law. Its scientific focus is on the development of new insights into the structure, function and evolution of genetic material, on the conservation, research and development of the hereditary diversity of important cultivated plants, their ancestors and wild relatives.

  6. The Chile Pepper Institute - Established in 1992, the Chile Pepper Institute is the only international, non-profit organisation devoted to education and research related to Capsicum, or chile peppers. The institute is located on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265.

YouTube Channels

  1. Clifton Chilli Club - Started in 2010, the Clifton Chilli Club has one of the world's largest chilli related channels on YouTube. They mostly post reviews on chilli based products, such as salsas, sauces, relishes, chutneys, jams and pickles. However, occasionally they also post chilli reviews, footage from chilli eating contests, polytunnel updates showing the progress of their chilli plants and footage from the various places they visit on their travels.

  2. Peter Stanley - Peter has been growing chilli plants for many years and his YouTube channel focuses on just that. Towards the end of each growing season, when his chillies start ripening, he also posts reviews on the varieties he's grown that year.

  3. The Hippy Seed Company - Started in 2007 and run by Neil and his wife Charlotte, the Hippy Seed Company (listed above) review all of the chilli varieties they grow and sell on their website and then post the videos onto their YouTube channel.

Chilli Harvest - 9th September 2023