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Hot on the chilli trail, Martin Fish visits a father and son business in Nottinghamshire, going from strength to strength

The popularity of growing chilli peppers and using them in all types of cooking has greatly increased over recent years. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and that all-important taste. For some it’s simply about growing a few fresh peppers to add flavour to recipes, whereas for others it’s about growing the hottest, ‘blow your head off’ chillies that you can!

ChilliBobs, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, is a specialist grower of chillies run by father and son, Bob and Neal Price. The business has now been up and running for more than five years and has a loyal following. Over that time Bob and Neal have not only increased the number of different chilli peppers that they grow, but they have constantly been developing new growing methods that can also be used by amateur growers.


Bob’s love of chillies started back in 2000 when his job in IT sales and marketing took him to India on a regular basis for three years. It was there that his Indian colleagues educated him to the fact that chillies are about flavour, not heat.

Although Bob’s always liked hot, spicy food, discovering different methods of cooking and mixing a selection of chillies together to bring out the different, hidden flavours really does improve the taste, without always having that burning sensation. By choosing your chillies and cooking them slowly it means that even if you don’t like hot chillies, you can still enjoy and appreciate them in food.

After his Indian work and culinary experiences, Bob started to grow and experiment with a few chilli plants at home. When he decided to have a change of career several years ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of business life and travelling, he pondered what to do. Fortunately, the answer was staring at him in the form of chilli plants growing in his garden. At that point ChilliBobs was formed and son Neal decided to join dad in this new and exciting venture, not knowing where it might lead!

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: On the Veg Patch Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in pollinating plants and strawberries In the Greenhouse Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender crops and sows seeds in the border Rekha's Garden and Kitchen Diary (New Series) In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes us through her gardening month And much more!