I feel these are way hotter than a 5.5. The ones I received were surprisingly on par with 7 pot pepper heat. Still a very nice pepper.
very impessed! I will say that the plant has a distressed look, as if it isn't healthy. Shriveled leaves. But this plant is loaded down with 3" peppers. They never have turned as white as what I pictured, but more of a very light green tint then yellowish when mature. Some have streaks of purple. Not sure if that is normal. Great flavor and they have a very sharp bite!! Planning on dehydrating and using as seasoning on deer jerky.
I would describe the whole experience with one word: surprising. If you grow this pepper in the Dallas, Texas area, this is what happens: throughout the whole summer you believe the plant is dying, leafs are shriveled, you go crazy adding different fertilizers, watering, not watering, ending up praying. BECAUSE this doesn't keep the plant producing thousands of flowers - but nothing else. Now, when our summer turned into almost winter in a few days end of September, the baby peppers showed up, and started to grow, and bingo, you end up 2 buckets of little pepper at once. I use these pepper - I do not mix them with other kind of hot peppers - to make hot pepper relish, canned into a 4 and 8 oz jars. Excellent heat, and flavors!