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.
This chilli has a wonderful peppery flavour, and in the kitchen is an all-round, jack-of-all-trades that can be stuffed, fried or added to salads. 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