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Old June 13, 2010   #1
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Default NuMex Heritage 6-4

Photo of my Numex Heritage 6-4 today, 6/13/2010. Just released a few months ago form NMSU Chile Pepper Institute. Just starting to set fruit.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/arti...n=show&id=4678
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Old June 13, 2010   #2
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Hey Michael,

Those are good looking NuMex Heritage 6-4 Pepper Plants!

Mine, from the seeds you sent me are doing fine - - but far behind yours. Flowering now, but no growing fruitset. I've had a few that have dropped off the plant, which is a bit concerning:



I am also growing Joe E. Parker and Big Jim NuMex Peppers, to compare productivity and most important, taste. Unlike most other Pepper folks, I am looking for a somewhat mild NuMex to put on top hamburgers, etc. Will be fun to see which one best fits my taste profile.

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Old June 13, 2010   #3
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Ray: The Chile Pepper Institute at NMSU also just released NuMex Heritage Big Jim. If you want seed, pm me. The Big Jim you are growing, I assume, is not the Heritage.
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Your plants are looking great. I shared some of the seeds you gave me
with someone else and I still have plenty for next year. I'm looking
forward to tasting them soon. Thank you again for being so generous.

Here is one of my plants. Looks like I can pick this one.
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Roper: You are ahead of me-pls post how the taste was.
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I will pick it tomorrow and grill it on my George Foreman grill. Will let you know.
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roper,

Those are picture-perfect Heritage 6-4 NuMex Peppers. Can you tell us your fertilization brand and method? I see you are using drip irrigation for the containers.

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Thanks raybo. There's no drip irrigation, that's just iron pot hangers.
As for the mix, I used Scott's potting mix, pro-mix bx, little extra
agricultural vermiculite and Espoma Garden-Tone. I like to add what
I have on hand to the potting mix.
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mdvpc, had a cold so I had to hold off on eating the Nu-Mex Heritage 6-4. Just
ate one today on grill. Only Nu-Mex variety I have growing, so can't do a side
by side comparison. I can say this, 'it is absolutely delicious'!! Full of flavor with
a very mild heat. I will plant more next year, yum, yum....
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roper,

You are making me envious!!!

Your report is consistent with the NMSU review that Heritage 6-4 is a reinvigorated version of the old Parent strain. Glad to hear the flavor bar has been raised.

My Heritage 6-4, Big Jim, and Joe E. Parker continue to grow well, but no fruitset as of today. The "heat" is on the way here in Silicon Valley, so hopefully, the NuMex plants will start to take off.

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Roper: Glad you liked it. My Heritage 6-4 are behind you, but I have nice fruit set, fruit is getting bigger. I just germinated and planted the second in the heritage series, NuMex Heritage Big Jim.
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Michael,

Do you also have some of the "standard" Big Jim to compare with? The site you posted claimed the Heritage Big Jim are hotter than the standard Big Jim. An actual taste comparison would be interesting.

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Raybo:

Sorry, I am not growing the "regular" Big Jim this year. I usually dont grow much green chile since we buy it by the bushed in the Hatch area-I could never grow as much as we use. I dont think I grew even one plant last year. But when I saw the Heritage varieties, I wanted to try them. I have had some extremely hot green chile, some I couldnt even eat from this area. Even a hotter Big Jim would not be too hot. Remember, they are going back and reintroducing Big Jim and 6-4 the way they were originally, and they were not/are not know as real hot varieties. Of course, hot for one person, could be mild for another and vice versa.
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Photo of some fruit I picked yesterday.
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Michael,

I grilled some of the Heritage 6-4 a few days ago and peeled the skins. Absolutely wonderful on the Hamburgers!

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