Black Pearl Chilli Seeds. The Black Pearl (C. Annuum) is an all time classic. We love these little gems. This chilli is unique and unusual in our books. If you are a first time grower, this variety is a must. It is virtually impossible to fail with this chilli as they germinate and grow easily. The Black Pearl is also tolerant of cooler temperatures and will do well come early spring. Plants are small to medium in size, which makes them very suitable for both garden and container growing. This variety will grow compact and bushy with striking black to green foliage. Flowers appear in clusters and are an eye catching brilliant purple. Amazing to behold! These develop into clusters of black, pearl shaped pods around the size of large blueberries. These clusters of black pods eventually change to crimson when ready for picking.
The fruit can be used fresh, dried - as flakes or powder. Pods have a medium thickness skin and are very seedy inside. This is rather off putting for most chilli enthusiasts and as such, this variety has always been considered more aesthetic and decorative than culinary. We do beg to differ though, as dried pods make a very aromatic and tasty chilli powder or chilli flakes.
The aroma of the pods is herbaceous with a hint of paprika. The flavor is peppery with a touch of citrus. A slight saltiness to the flavor which seemed quite unusual. The burn from these pods is characteristically peppery, with a pleasant well rounded burn to the roof of the mouth, top of the tongue and slightly at the back of the throat. The burn lasts a good 7 - 10 minutes, fading very gradually. Heat, we estimate at a comfortable 30,000 - 50,000 SHU.
Chillihead Images of fresh chillies shown in product views are for purpose of showing the type of chillies that these seeds have been harvested from. We do not sell fresh chillies on this site. Customers are advised that they are buying chilli seeds for the type of chilli shown in the product view. All our chilli plants are open pollinated. While we endeavour to grow plants in seclusion, cross polination may still be a factor. We do not sell to minors under the age of 18. We would also like to warn customers that most of our products are exctremely hot and should be treated with utmost respect.
|Start:||Start Indoors: July - August (About 8 weeks before the last frost) Plant Outdoors: First weeks of October (Weather Permitting - night time temperatures have to be over 10ºC)|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, well drained soil.|
|Sunlight:||Generally Full Sun. The more the better. Seedlings should be introduced to sun gradually in early spring and protected with 40% shade netting (if possible). Some of the Wild chilli varieties perefer dappled sunlight.|
|Days to harvest:||Generally between 65 - 100 days from planting. This can vary depending on variety and on given growing conditions and weather. Insect or plant (hail) damage may also slow plant growth.|
|Spacing:||Plant 45 - 60cm apart and raise roots above ground level in raised beds or rows.|