Wolkoff Tastes World’s Hottest Pepper

My wife buys seeds on line and germinates them on a grow table in our basement starting in March.  This year our stock included Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers, the world’s hottest chilli.  Last year’s hotness champ, the Ghost Chilli, rated 1,000,000 Scoville heat units–way more than Jalapenos at 5,ooo to 7,ooo SCUs and more than Habaneros at around 350,000 SCUs.  The Scorpion scores a hair-raising 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 SCUs!

Watch me taste the first ripe Scorpion of the season on my Facebook page.  (WordPress won’t accommodate the file type.)

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Success so far

We’ve had our aerial defense perimeter netting up for a week now and it actually seems to be working!  Here are the results:Mixed varieties

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Raccoon palisade: Over the Top

After the most recent attack on our tomato patch (likely by one small animal) the Queen of Cuisine has added a new layer to our aerial defence perimeter–black nylon netting that was once the protective screen around our kids’ trampoline.  So far, it’s held.  We think it would confound the ‘coons and tangle them up if they tried to climb on it.  I hope it works, in no small measure because if it doesn’t, I fear Her Majesty will start knocking steel balls together in the palm of her hand while muttering about strawberries and “Old Yellowstain.”Netting tops raccoon palisade

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New Raccoon Palisade Air Defences

Last night a raccoon penetrated our defences.  It took a small bite out of a ripening Arkansas Marvel and knocked a Green Cherokee off its plant.  We think juveniles are small enough to clamber up our chicken wire and drop into the tomato patch, and climb out later.  The Queen of Cuisine spent much of the afternoon adding layers of “confounding string” to our superior perimeter in hopes of deterring small varmints from “plopping down” into the tomato plants.  The whole patch now looks like a giant cat’s cradle.  When asked what she’d do if the new defences don’t work, Her Majesty replied “I’ll just get more string!”

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Another Incursion and Extension of the Raccoon Palisade

The night after my last posting our raccoons made an aerial incursion (over the top of the chicken wire and through the confounding string) into our tomato patch.  There were casualties–the ripe and near-ripe tomatoes from all varieties.  In response, we intensified our aerial string defences and added a ring of light plastic chicken wire which extends a metre above the top of the metal chicken wire.  So far, the enemy has not penetrated the new superior perimeter.  We’ll get a ripe tomato yet, by gar!Tomato palisade with plastic chicken wire

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Raccoon Palisade: Late Developments

Spurred to action by the loss of a ripe Tennessee Green, the Queen of Cuisine has installed j-shaped ground staples to anchor the inferior perimeter of the chicken wire to the ground.  She reinforced this defence with another string and added more strings to the superior perimeter just in case.

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Critters Defy Palisade

A raccoon or raccoons somehow made it into our tomato patch ,pulled a ripe Tennessee Green out of the middle of a plant and ate half of it.  Preliminary investigation suggests that the perpetrator or perpetrators made its or their way under the chicken wire palisade.  There is no evidence that the top of the palisade was breeched, and the Queen of Cuisine is driving little stakes into the bottom in an effort to deter further inferior breeches.

Her Majesty will also add another top string to the existing “cofounding” aerial defence perimeter.

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