Our variety, Armageddon, which has been in development for 5 years is the first British bred hybrid super-hot chilli to come out of our chilli breeding program. It’s making waves now that the fruits are being sold in Tesco with a score of 1.3 million on the Scoville scale for heat, a close second to the hottest chilli, the Carolina Reaper, recorded at 1.5 million.
Super-hot chillies are notoriously difficult to grow because of slow germination, slow growth and low yields. Our breeding program is developing hybrid varieties, using traditional methods of breeding, which make the plants more vigorous, easy to grow, earlier to pick and much higher yielding and uniform than older varieties such as the Carolina Reaper.
The chilli breeding program isn’t only about heat, other varieties are in development including a standard green chilli for the UK market (which has unique requirements). We also have a pot plant chilli program developing early fruiting, compact varieties aimed at the growing trend in UK supermarkets for living produce.