Chilli Facing Heaven - Chao Tian Jiao - 10 Seeds
This is a pungent variety grown in Szechuan province of China. The fruits are very aromatic with a great citrus flavour and ripen to a bright claret red. Pods have a good pungency with an intense start to the burn mellowing after a while. It is also called 'Facing Heaven' or 'Heaven Chile' on the account of the fruits grow pointing towards the sky.
The facing heaven chilli Chinese name: pinyin: also known as pinyin: meaning 'skyward-pointing chili pepper'), is a cone-shaped, hot chili, between 3 and 6 cm in length, 1 to 2 cm in diameter at the base, and with very thin skin.
A cultivar commonly used in Sichuan cuisine, it is called the facing heaven chilli because the chilli grows with the fruit pointing upwards, rather than downwards, as is normal in other chilli plants. The plant's upright growing habit is typical of "ornamental" chilli.
Because of its attractive appearance, the dried chili is often added to dishes whole. Although the chilli is often too hot to be consumed raw, it can be lightly cooked in oil to produce a milder equivalent.
This dried chili is described as a "pantry staple" in the Sichuan province of China by Fuchsia Dunlop in her cookbook Land of Plenty. She describes it as very fragrant and moderately hot (much less hot than tiny Thai chilies).
Care & Growing Instructions: Germination temperature is between 20°C and 28°C (germination period: 8-21 days); it is therefore recommended to use a greenhouse and a heating mat. The plants need fresh, well-fertilised, permeable soil, and do not tolerate waterlogging. They should be planted in a sunny, protected place with at least 6 hours of sunlight - preferably more. Put the plants outside approx. 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost.
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