Would you believe me if I told you I harvested these habaneros off of an indoor plant in late November? How about if I told you that I managed to escape this dangerously bare-handed photo op unscathed? Seriously, I'm not sure how I managed it. Capsacin seems to really have a thing for my mucous membranes, but this time I managed to avoid sticking my finger in my eye.
This summer I grew 6 different varieties of hot pepper in the garden. Come fall, some of the peppers still hadn't ripened, though frost was imminent. I dug up several plants and transplanted them into pots, which I placed under a grow light and hoped for the best. They all survived the shock and the peppers ripened--habaneros, cayenne, and thai hots. What's more, the thai hots and habanero continued to flower and even set fruit!
I think I can expect to have fresh thai hots throughout the winter, and the habanero may continue to flower.
As for these? They went into a peach habanero hot sauce, made with a jar of our canned peaches. Yum!