Lancer is a cross between Capsicum frutescens and Capsicum annuum var glabriusculum. It inherits the erect chillies of the former parent, and the deciduous fruit of the latter. Both parents contribute to its complex smoky flavour. Best grown in a pot, as growth in the greenhouse border is too soft and vigorous.
Earlier, and easier to grow in temperate climes, this is a valuable cultivar for those who enjoy the dry smoky flavour of Capsicum frutescens.
These are great chillies for using fresh in cooking. The smoky flavour of Lancer enhances fried or braised mushrooms, and they can be used wherever a dry smoky flavour is appropriate.
The ripe chillies are deciduous, and so very convenient for drying.
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