Trivial Name: Karen Chili, Wiang Ping Chili, Karen Chili, Karen Chili Pepper
Scientific name: Capsicum annuum
Plant history & use:
Karenchilin is named after and originates from an ethnic minority group and traditional tribe in the mountainous areas between Burma and Thailand. Karenchilin is more hardy than other tropical chilies. Chili fruits normally have a high heat and a distinct fruity and sweet flavor that really makes its mark in the dishes in which it is used.
Karenchilin is easily recognized by its green, yellow, orange & red fruits with a slightly dented surface. Fruits in different stages that are often seen on the plant at the same time a bit into the season, hence the plant's colorful impression. Another characteristic of Karenchilin is also that its fruits usually always point upwards on the plant.
The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) for Karen Chili can vary depending on the growing conditions, but is usually between 50,000 and 100,000 SHU. This places Karenchilin at a medium to hot level on the Scoville scale, a level that most other thaichilis are at.
Karen Chili can be grown both in pots and in garden soil. It needs well-drained soil and a sunny location to thrive. It does best in a warm and moist environment to germinate and grow. Under optimal conditions, it is a high-yielding variety that can produce an abundance of fruit during the season.
However, it is one of the hardier tropical chili varieties in its ability to grow and produce in colder temperatures. It is not frost-resistant. So it is grown as a perennial, which is recommended, it should overwinter in a temperature of at least 15 degrees. Can also be grown as an annual.
The growth habit is bushy and plants usually reach a height of 60 cm.
Chili peppers are generally easy to grow. They thrive in sunny and warm locations. Can be grown indoors in a window.
All chili peppers are perennial and can produce fruit all year round if given the right conditions. Heat, light, light nutrition and moisture contribute to a continuous growth & production of the plant. If you want the plant to produce fruit even during the winter months, use a plant lamp to supplement the sunlight, possibly grow only under a plant lamp.
Keep the soil evenly moist and let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. Fertilize with advantage 2-3 times a week to provide abundant fruit production.
The fruits range from green (yellow-orange) to red. The fruits can be eaten at any stage of maturity. 2-6 cm.
Grown indoors at the beginning of the year.
Put the seeds in warm water 1 day before sowing. Moisten the seed soil and lightly press the seeds down against the surface. Cover with 1 cm of soil. Place bright and keep the seed moist.
Plant position: sun
Height: 50-150 cm
Germination time: 5-15 days