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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11 12 1:22 pm    Post subject: Piquin chiles Reply with quote

So i read about these things in other places on the innernetz and books, and they seem to be a Texas exclusive. They also seem to be featured in a lot of old chili recipes.
Any of you natives care to share about them? Or say send a few seeds north?
Seems to be a few different variety's out there. I would take any, but the stuff that the birds seem to eat and spread would be awesome.
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11 12 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering about them too....
Had a small amout of dried ones I've been grinding up to go in this ~~~>

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=59055

Never seen them growing, or seed for sale around here....
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11 12 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://sweetfreedomfarm.com/chileprods.html
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http://www.mexgrocer.com/44989-33166.html

I've ordered from SFF before and they have great quality and service.
Save some of the seeds and see if you can get a start.

Found this...http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Healthy-Eating-Chili-Pequin-Peppers-Three-live-plants/45541008
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11 12 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For their size they are about 5X hotter that a Chili de Arbol. I don't grow them I just buy them dry from Penzey's http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyspiquin.html? or at the market under Fiesta brand http://www.fiestaspices.com/index.asp?page=cp_birdseye
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason is looking for the birds eye variety. They are about the size of a sweet pea. They grow wild in my back yard the birds scatter them everywhere. I have not had good luck planting from seed though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wife surprised me last week and bought 5 different pepper plants (doubt any were what you are looking for) and planted them in a strawberry pot... Wink Wink

But now with this 5" of rain in the last 24 hrs, I am wondering if there is even any dirt left in the planter...might be all water. Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I lucked out and bought the last one Home Depot had last year. I need to get it planted this weekend, it's been in the pot too long.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Jason is looking for the birds eye variety. They are about the size of a sweet pea. They grow wild in my back yard the birds scatter them everywhere. I have not had good luck planting from seed though.


That is what i am looking for precisely.
I was thinking that if could get a few started this summer that i could move them indoors this winter and then back out next summer.
Not really looking for the commercially available variety's, i want to experiment and use the wild kind.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oregon smoker wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:
Jason is looking for the birds eye variety. They are about the size of a sweet pea. They grow wild in my back yard the birds scatter them everywhere. I have not had good luck planting from seed though.


That is what i am looking for precisely.
I was thinking that if could get a few started this summer that i could move them indoors this winter and then back out next summer.
Not really looking for the commercially available variety's, i want to experiment and use the wild kind.


Your best bet would be having a plant sent to you. Like Kam said, from seed is hard to do. If I had one I would send it to you, but I dont.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ckone wrote:
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k.a.m. wrote:
Jason is looking for the birds eye variety. They are about the size of a sweet pea. They grow wild in my back yard the birds scatter them everywhere. I have not had good luck planting from seed though.


That is what i am looking for precisely.
I was thinking that if could get a few started this summer that i could move them indoors this winter and then back out next summer.
Not really looking for the commercially available variety's, i want to experiment and use the wild kind.


Your best bet would be having a plant sent to you. Like Kam said, from seed is hard to do. If I had one I would send it to you, but I dont.



Thanks i appreciate it.

I am always up for a challenge. I have been reading how the birds eat them and then spread them around. Then the plants just seem to grow on their own.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet them birds taste good, after being stuffed with peppers.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure that this is what you are referring to:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bea_hive_photos/4114071000/

We refer to them as Chili Pateens (Pequin). Birds have scattered them to where they are wild. Red when ripe and may be used that way, or dry them to crush for flakes.

They start growing easily from seed. We cut them back in the winter.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texman wrote:
They start growing easily from seed. We cut them back in the winter.

Must be better soil out your way, I sent some seeds to Rick (Canadian Bacon the seed Guru) to try and seed but I do not think he had much luck. I tried here with the same results and figured just let the birds do the work for me. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12 12 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Texman wrote:
They start growing easily from seed. We cut them back in the winter.

Must be better soil out your way, I sent some seeds to Rick (Canadian Bacon the seed Guru) to try and seed but I do not think he had much luck. I tried here with the same results and figured just let the birds do the work for me. Very Happy


Smile Probably due to less rain and the sorry caliche soil in our area.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13 12 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be one of those weird symbiotic relationships where the seed is not ready until it passes through the bird.

They look like pretty cool peppers. I would love to give some a try if anyone wants to do a seed swap. I have plenty of super chili seeds I can send.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13 12 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Texman wrote:
They start growing easily from seed. We cut them back in the winter.

Must be better soil out your way, I sent some seeds to Rick (Canadian Bacon the seed Guru) to try and seed but I do not think he had much luck. I tried here with the same results and figured just let the birds do the work for me. Very Happy


As Kevin has said......I have started from seed many,many variety's of hot peppers.....but those birds eye variety of Piquin peppers that Kevin sent me ......made me meet my match....three different germination methods failed me and I have never had a seed I could not start.....except these. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13 12 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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k.a.m. wrote:
Texman wrote:
They start growing easily from seed. We cut them back in the winter.

Must be better soil out your way, I sent some seeds to Rick (Canadian Bacon the seed Guru) to try and seed but I do not think he had much luck. I tried here with the same results and figured just let the birds do the work for me. Very Happy


As Kevin has said......I have started from seed many,many variety's of hot peppers.....but those birds eye variety of Piquin peppers that Kevin sent me ......made me meet my match....three different germination methods failed me and I have never had a seed I could not start.....except these. Laughing


I have a few ideas about recreating the possible environments that may make germination happen and growth happen.
I will post my results if successful. Or not successful.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19 12 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin, the peppers arrived today.
Thank You, so much.
I am going to dry some and pass the seeds on to a buddy who has a super green thumb. While i also try out ideas about germination.
With any luck i will or my buddy will get them going and then i will pass some of the plants on to Hell Fire also.

Got a small pot of chili planned in the few days also.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19 12 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason, your very welcome I am glad they made the trip. Keep us posted on the growing attempt. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20 12 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once those seeds pass through a birds digestive track they germinate no problem. Very Happy There are a lot of seeds that need this process....and there is a product out there that will mimic that process.....I just have to find the link.
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