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Bird Chillies

By ChiliMan
Welcome to my new chilli plant Smile

I bought this…when…gosh…maybe a week ago? A bit more than that? Possibly about a hundred chillies on it when I bought it. Amazing, huh? Grin Only a few reds, mostly greens, and some purples. And now so many reds Smile

Now this is my favourite chilli (along with habaneros and scotch bonnets, but we can’t grow ‘em here). Known locally as cili padi. That’s the Malay name. Pronounced chilli-pah-dee. Otherwise known as bird chillies. The flavour is awe…some. I’ve had several already. Two with last night’s dinner. Two with yesterday’s lunch. And some more in the preceding days. Can’t buy these in markets and supermarkets, unfortunately Sad Hence me getting the plant. Which reminds me…I gotta transplant it into a big pot or the ground. To get it to get HUGE.

The plant you see here is just 1.5 feet high from the rim of the pot. Each chilli is an average of an inch long. I took this in the driveway (covered part) in natural light with white paper as a background. The plant is now back in the uncovered part of the driveway in full sun. Took some pics there today and might upload one this week if there’s a decent one. ‘Cos they looked so nice in the sun Smile

These are very hot…which pretty much sums up the weather here recently. Awesome for the laundry, terrible for humans. It is 33 degrees in the living room this afternoon. Madness.

By the way, this plant cost 5 Singapore dollars or 2.50 pounds. Further madness, but this one a good sort Wink


Tags: Leaves Plant Hot Bird Flowers and plants Chilli Spicy Chili Bird chilli Cili padi

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NaturesHaven 8 283 6 England
14 Jun 2012 9:07AM
Red Hot Image..................

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 9:09AM
What an amazing crop!
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
14 Jun 2012 9:35AM
OOoooooh I'm green with jealousy!!!
wonderful aesthetic capture of very hot stuff
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 9:38AM
It is so pretty and so hot! Great against that white background.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 9:41AM
Wonderful work Andrew.

14 Jun 2012 10:02AM
fine work with the capture works really well cilli padi one of my favourites as well commonly grown along with the rice in the padai's 'c' always pronounced ch in Mayasia and Indonesia love then in the indonesian Sambal trassi slurp oops i digress great capture

EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
14 Jun 2012 10:22AM
Amazing! I gather it grows to some enormous height if you are thinking of transplanting it? The details and colours stand out so well against the white bg.

Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
14 Jun 2012 11:39AM
I hope you will have luck growing this beauty. Makes my mouth water...
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2012 11:59AM
Thanks, all. These are DELISH.

Ann (EAS), the biggest I've seen is a small tree in the house opposite (the lady used to give me a huge handful every now and then) some years back - about 5 feet high, I think.

Graham, you're no stranger to Indonesian and Malay food SmileSmile Isn't sambal awesome??
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 12:06PM
wonderful hot detail andrew brilliant colours and light love the way you've used white paper on the bg a red hot cracker nice one Wink
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
14 Jun 2012 12:06PM
Plenty here to keep you going for a while I fancy Andrew !!
I like chilli's but only in small moderations.
Unlike most other things I like !!
Super shot.
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
14 Jun 2012 12:47PM
Kool image, hot stuff, Andrew Tongue.

Rogerex 13 32 12 Australia
14 Jun 2012 1:01PM
Makes a beautiful image. Nicely presented.
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 1:10PM
So . . . . . Now we know . . . . Wink
Fascinating, by the way.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
14 Jun 2012 2:24PM
How lovely. I've never seen chillis growing before. Such a delicate plant for a gargleblaster of a chilli. Smile
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2012 2:28PM
Lol...I love that...gargleblaster Grin
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 2:58PM
After getting the 'low down' on the plant Andrew..very envious...
just what a cook needs is that plant in the kitchenpick and use..
Great image by the way
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2012 3:04PM
Lillian, it's been so satisfying to just snip a couple of chillies, give 'em a wash and have 'em with a meal Smile
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
14 Jun 2012 3:14PM
An astonishing plant--- Most excellent!
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 100 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 4:06PM
YAY, ingredients for chilli jam and a beautiful photograph too. (Remember the method Andrew, no more cheating)!
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 4:10PM
You have loads more chilies than me ...
But I will catch up.... as long as my green house doesnt get trashed this season
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2012 4:20PM
Barbara, my fingers are firmly crossed for your chillies.

Lynne, my next batch will follow your instructions religiously. And this image is thanks to you. I sent you a pic with a messy background and you suggested a clean solid background were I to upload to EPZ. Voila.
UrbaneMagick 7 172 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 4:46PM
very nice Andrew..I look forward to your review of the Dorset Naga once sampled Smile

netta1234 7 382 2 Wales
14 Jun 2012 4:58PM
Great hot shot
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
14 Jun 2012 5:04PM
Man after my own heart, a great looking plant.

Best Matt
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 5:32PM
How absolutely delicious - these should keep you going for a while Andrew! It's quite difficult to find hot chillies in our area, although, by coincidence, I may yesterday have found a new source! There's nothing worse than cooking up something with chillies and there's no heat at all... Sad
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
14 Jun 2012 5:52PM
hey youre on fire with those chilies!! love the way youve captured them. lesley x
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 6:05PM
too hot for my taste I think Andrew, but a lovely plant with plenty for you to munch on for ages....

evelen 14 5 England
14 Jun 2012 6:17PM
lovely image a bit to hot for me Andrew. love the plant though.
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 6:32PM
Hope they are nice and hottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
10 10 10 England
14 Jun 2012 7:32PM
A lovely shot Andrew - pretty and very useful plant.Wink
14 Jun 2012 7:57PM
Stunning high key crisp image with mouth-watering connotations Andrew.

Super arty high key work.. Very very good... Chilis are the only plant that I can grow..
15 Jun 2012 8:31PM
Very pretty image, enjoy the Chillie's
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
15 Jun 2012 11:29PM
If you are successful in cultivating them Andrew you'll be able to open your very own chili restaurant or shop serving and selling chilli related products. Grin
Shellio 8 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 4:49PM
Wonderfully captured and presented, well done Andrew!

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