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Monday, October 05, 2009

Picking Peppers

Would anyone like some peppers?

I have all kinds. Hot peppers like Jalapeno, Serrano, Poblano, Hungarian Hot Wax, and Mexi-bell and mild peppers like California Wonder and Big Bertha.

They are red and yellow and green, and all colors in between. And there are quite a few of them, picked by me this evening in anticipation that some night very soon, we will have frost.

The funny thing about these peppers is that I'm not a big fan of raw peppers. I only like them cooked into other dishes, and then I prefer them to be chopped up into tiny pieces. I just don't like to eat big pieces of pepper.

Some people ask me why I grow so many peppers if I don't like to eat them raw. Good question. Let me think on that and get back with you sometime in the January-February timeframe with an answer. By then I'll be maniacally calmly going through seed catalogs picking out the dozen or so varieties of peppers I plan to grow in next year's garden.

In the meantime, would anyone like any peppers?

18 comments:

covertress said...

Do you have a dehydrator? This is the best method that I've found to preserve them. Dice in advance for easier use in your favorite dishes all year long.

BTW, Gongrats! They look lovely!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I lurve peppers. Once again, I wish we lived closer together. I usually cut mine in half & freeze them in gallon sized ziploc bags. Then, I pull a few out to put into posoles, soups, stuffed peppers, etc. I also used to stuff the green ones with a meat mixture and then freeze them for later. I once was a once a month cooker. Made giant bags of spaghetti sauce, lasagna, etc. Then, I discovered blogging and never cooked again. Just kidding.~~Dee

flowergardengirl said...

I think they are pretty and don't have to serve a purpose. Just today I saw several pepper plants for sale to use in Autumn container arrangements.

We sure saw a lot of pepper plants in the gardens of Raleigh---so they can just be for looks. Right?

rambleonrose said...

I wish I was close enough to Indiana to take those extra off your hands! I love peppers--raw, cooked, in big or small pieces, and the spicier the better!

Diana said...

So, what if I said I WOULD like some peppers?!! Tee hee. You have an amazing crop -- and they are beautiful. Hope you enjoy them, or pickle them, or freeze them, or share them!

Lzyjo said...

Beautiful harvest, Carol! Even if they weren't edible, they are worth goring for looks. I love the photo!

Kat said...

I'm not a big fan of raw peppers, but boy do I love them cooked. Besides, don't all the varieties just look lovely in that basket together? Gardening isn't just about feeding our bodies, sometimes we must feed the soul.

Mary Delle said...

Don't you listen to anyone. You just keep growing all those peppers. We need to grow what we love.

beckie said...

Carol, too funny! Those peppers are gorgeous though and you should be proud that you can grow such great looking ones. I like cooked ones only and then they have to be mild. Can't take those hot ones. :(

Nicole said...

Yes-send me some of those pretty peppers! Well you could deliver them in person and enjoy the beach.

Carolyn gail said...

Carol picked a peck of pickled peppers :-)

As kids we'd pick the peppers off the vine, slice them in half and make a sandwich out it. Yum.

I could use the hot red peppers in the Korean dishes I make .

Kathy said...

I wonder why you were so worried about getting them all picked if you aren't even going to eat them!

Rose said...

LOL, Carol, I always wondered what you did with all those vegetables:) This is why I only plant bell peppers, because I know we'd never eat the hot kind. Of course, I have dill, parsley, and fennel growing in my garden that I haven't harvested at all, but hey, the caterpillars love those plants, so at least somebody is eating them:)

Liisa said...

I know the USPS doesn't approve, but if you really want to get rid of your peppers, please email me, and I'll send you my address.

I've already shipped many of my cucumbers (I had about 100 pounds this season), so I'm sure peppers would ship.

Let me know -- I have many uses for your peppers!

Commonweeder said...

My husband likes hot peppers and spicy food. I like red bell peppers and food with a little bite. Somehow we work it out together, but I've given up trying to grow them. Too cold and too short a season. I'm going to have to give some thought too some help, maybe a little hoop house. Maybe then I'd get ripe tomatoes too.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I prefer sweet red peppers raw, but they are awfully good roasted with a little olive oil. Then there are stuffed peppers that make a great meal. And jalapeno poppers, and banana peppers on Italian Beef sandwiches....mmmm

Jo Ellen Meyers said...

Carol -- you can take extra produce to Second Helpings, where it will be used in a couple of ways...to train people (usually economically disadvantages or homeless) in the food trades and it is sent to some of the smaller food banks. Tell them it's part of Plant a Row for the Hungry.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

I would love some peppers for salsa if you happen this way this weekend!

Your little sister....