Best Buy chillies
The combination of attractive fruits that are also good to eat makes chillies one of the most popular crops to grow. We wanted to find out which varieties will produce great crops of fiery fruit when grown outside in the UK as they make such useful plants for the patio or windowsill.
To help you find the tastiest varieties that also produce great yields, we've rounded up our Best Buys to make it easy to choose from the huge range of varieties available. They've all been grown by our experts and put through our rigorous testing so you can be sure you're growing the best chillies.
Which? grows and tastes all the chillies it recommends
We chose 15 varieties of chillies with colourful fruits or attractive foliage, including some old favourites, and ordered them as plants to be delivered to our test site in the West Midlands.
All the chillies were potted up and kept outside, except for one plant from each variety that was grown under cover. They were fed weekly as soon as they started flowering. At the end of September, we assessed the plants for their ornamental value and how much ripe fruit they had produced. We asked a small panel of tasters to assess the taste and heat of the chillies, both raw and cooked.