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How Important is Environment?

Reaper vs. Primo dna

Chances are you have heard the controversy concerning the Carolina Reaper and the 7 Pot Primo pepper.  This post is not about that controversy.  Instead it is a discussion about the importance of environment (nurture).  Of course nature (dna) is am important factor but living in a world where slick marketing keys on terms like hottest pepper in the world to describe a variety, we tend to forget about environment.

Reaper vs. Primo dnaSome time ago, peppers grown on the PBM farm were tested by South West Biolabs.  Although the Carolina Reaper did test a wee bit hotter than the 7 Pot Primo peppers, the conditions in which they were grown were different.  The 7 Pot Primo had been grown in an area of the property that does not receive full sunlight.  As the numbers were very close, I am fairly sure if we had tested again we might have opposite results.  The 7 Pot Primo might have won the competition for hottest.  Ah, but we do not have to test again because someone else has done just that.  As you can see from the image provided to us by a Facebook friend, the 7 Pot Primo beat the Carolina Reaper when it came to another test at South West Biolabs. Between the variations of any given line and the way that line is grown, we can now see that despite the Guinness World record title being awarded to the Carolina Reaper, several other peppers could easily rob that crown depending on how they are grown.  Lets face it, even the Moruga Scorpion and Butch T have demonstrated they are close enough to give a good race.

How Does it Taste?

By now you have probably heard rumors of a Pepper X.  Reportedly Pepper X seeds can produce fruit which exceed 3 million on the SHU scale.  It seems the race for the next hottest pepper in the world is on.  But have you noticed there is very little discussion on taste?  This is where growing conditions really make a large difference.

Studies now show that organic produce tends to be much tastier than typical commercial crops.  I suspect this is due to dwindling micro-nutrients in commercial soil.  Generally speaking, commercial / chemical farming involves using a synthetic fertilizer to replace nutrients.  Most are wildly focused on replacing nitrogen in the soil. In deed, nitrogen is wildly important to plant health.  But what about flavor?  Modern commercial farming just doesn’t replace the full spectrum of nutrients that organic farming does.

This is why Peppers by Mail uses only organic techniques.  We feel it produces a far superior crop.  Yes, it takes a lot more work.  No, it is not the most economical way to grow a crop.  But we feel it produces the tastiest produce possible.  When it comes to hot peppers, we feel it is likely to produce the hottest as well.


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