Here are just five types of chilli peppers but chilli varieties differ in colour, shape, heat, taste and more, making a really interesting produce to experiment with. 

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Pepper (Hot) Biquino Red

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A small fruiting Brazilian variety selected for its sweet, fruity and mild flavour, prolific cropping and ornamental beauty. Each plant produces masses of small teardrop-shaped fruits, locally known as ‘little beaks’ because of their tapering shape.

Ideal for the greenhouse and pretty enough for windowsills, it also performs well in containers.

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Pepper (Hot) Lemon

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This is a Peruvian chilli with a unique citrus flavour. It has attractive fruit which change from pale green to yellow as they ripen and hang downwards on the plants. They have a seriously spicy bite and a distinctly lemon flavour which puts a wonderful twist on classic spicy dishes and will inspire many new ones.

Ideal for a large pot on a patio or in a greenhouse.

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Pepper (Hot) Bhut Jolokia

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Beware – this is one of the world’s hottest chilli pepper!

This remarkable chilli is rated at over 1 million Scovilles so take great care. It is also one of the very best for flavour.

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Pepper (Hot) Hungarian Black

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This heirloom variety produces good yields of 7.5cm (3in), almost black, mildly hot fruits that mature to deep red.

Best grown in a tunnel or greenhouse but will crop outdoors.

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Pepper (Hot) Super Chilli F1

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For those who like it spicy! Short, spreading plants bear masses of upward-facing, red-hot chilli peppers. Fruits ripen from light green to orange, to bright shiny red.

Can be grown on a sunny patio in a container or in the greenhouse.

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Photos are courtesy of Johnsons Seeds