There are five different types of domesticated chillies which are wonderfully easy to grow.
It’s quick and easy to pickle your own chillies.
Look out for commonly pickled varieties which include the sweet green pepper, jalapeno, Serrano and Greek chillies. Toss a few pickled chillies over a plate of nachos or top your pizza with a few for a zing and, of course, they make an amazing addition to curries.
Early winter is a great time to find green chillies at the local grocery store. They grow prolifically in South Africa from April onwards.
Fermenting chillies is a little more work than pickling but well worth it.
You can buy empty glass jars with lids or re-use old jars for storing your chilies. Just make sure to clean and sterilise any jars before filling them: boil in hot water in a large pot, then dry upside down on the drying rack of your sink.