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Can you eat ornamental chillies?

Question: Can you eat ornamental chillies that are usually sold in flower shops, garden... more

Can you eat ornamental chillies?

Question: Can you eat ornamental chillies that are usually sold in flower shops, garden centres and DIY stores?

Answer: Basically, you have to remember that while there are thousands of varieties of chillies, but no ornamental chillies. All chili types are edible!

Chili plants, most with beautiful colourful chili peppers, are often used for decorational purposes. These plants grown by large farms are heavily sprayed and treated with chemicals to make them look beautiful for longer. Alone for this reason, you should not eat "ornamental chilies". A further reason for the misleading title is the legal situation. Garden centres and DIY stores don`t want to sell food, as they would be liable for it. Normal chili plants with a few pods would be, strictly speaking, foods that require authorisation within the EU. Through use of the term "ornamental chillies", the law is circumvented. In our eyes that is not a problem, however a warning on each plant stating that it is "not suitable for consumption - treated with pesticides" would be very sensible.

Our recommendation: Don`t eat ornamental chillies!

If you have grown your own ornamental chillies without pesticides, then you can eat the pods of course. You`ll find a wide range of beautiful ornamental chili seeds in out shop.






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Customer evaluation for "Can you eat ornamental chillies?"
21 Sep 2017

Kleine Ergänzung

Bei Zierpflanzen dürfen auch Wachstumsregulatoren eingesetzt werden. Verschiedene dieser Mittel bleiben auch länger in der Pflanze als für Gemüse zugelassene Mittel. Prinzipiell können sie sogar gesundheitsschädlich sein.
In der Produktionsanleitung einer Firma, die die Zierchilisorten Salsa, Favorit, Fuego, Karneval, Festival, Calypso, Mambo und Tango vertreibt, fand ich einen Abschnitt, der den Einsatz eines Regulators "Alar 85" beschreibt. Alar 85 ist nicht für Gemüse zugelassen. Man sollte daher tatsächlich den Hinweis "Zierpflanze - nicht zum Verzehr geeignet" ernst nehmen.

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