Hungarian Hot Wax plant
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Hungarian Hot Wax plant

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The fruit of this vegetable type chilli start yellow, then turn orange before ripening to a red. They have a medium-thick flesh and measure about 3–4cm wide and 13–14cm long. The heat level can be rather variable, but is generally not overwhelmingly high. The variety is early, productive and dependable. Though we don't recommend growing chillies outdoors, this is one of the varieties to try if you absolutely insist on having a go. The medium-sized plants do well in containers as long as they are given some support.

In the kitchen this chilli is an all-round, jack-of-all-trades that can be stuffed, fried or added to salads. It has only one downside, and that is the tendency of its fruit to sometimes develop spots as they ripen. This is not, however, the end of the world since the fruit can be harvested before they turn red, or the spots can be cut out of the fruit. Hungarian Hot Wax is a user-friendly and versatile chilli, and if we grew only one variety, this would be the one.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Approximate heat level: 6,000 SHU

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