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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Let's Chat About Peppers....(seed exchange)

Today I will be sharing the peppers that I grow and will be offering seeds in the seed exchange.
This is the Datil Pepper---these are known as the St. Augustine Pepper. At one time it was believed that you could only grow these in St. Augustine. My seeds are from St. Augustine and I doubt that you will find these seeds in a catalog. Datil Peppers are similar to Habanero Peppers, only they are sweeter and fruitier tasting.
Spiciness ranges from 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units. Scoville Heat Units indicate the amount of capsaicin present. Mine are very HOT!
Habanero Peppers -- Spiciness ranges from 200,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units
This is the third year the Habaneros and the Rooster Spur Peppers have returned in the same container left through the winter on my back deck.
Rooster Spur Peppers--also HOT . I could not find the heat index of these. I did come across several articles and seed sellers that are advertising these as 'new'. Has to be a new item to the companies because these peppers have been around a long time.


This is the first year that I have had a Rooster Spur this color...we are not brave enough yet to try it
And of course Ornamental Peppers--these peppers are edible, IF you know they have NOT been sprayed with chemicals. The flavor ranges from mild to HOT . If you want to make sure your peppers have not been sprayed........start from seed. This is the second year these two
Ornamental Peppers have returned in the same container that they were originally planted in.
How I use my Peppers...
Sometimes I chip them up in sauces, chilis, mexican dishes----
I use the Datil and Rooster Spurs in Hot Pepper Sauce. I stuff as many peppers as I can get in a glass container, heat some vinegar, pour over the peppers and cap. The longer it sits on the shelf the hotter it gets. HINT: for more heat, add a sprinkle of salt and a drop or two of olive oil.
I also put my Rooster Spurs in an open glass to let dry...very pretty sitting around. You can also crush the dried peppers to make hot pepper sprinkles, like you see at the pizza places.
Sometimes, for fun, we just see who can eat a HOT pepper..
Caution: Peppers are very HOT--DO NOT rub or scratch your eyes, nose, mouth or anywhere else while handling peppers...you could use gloves...I don't. Wash hands thoroughly!! Especially before touching small children or babies...
These pepper plants are a wonderful addition to your flower gardens...the Rooster Spurs get about 2 - 3 feet tall.
Now, who wants seeds?

23 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Thanks but I'll let others enjoy the seeds.. I love green peppers --and any of peppers that are fairly MILD. What do Banana Peppers look like whole?? I eat them -and love them. I'm just not into very much extremely spicy stuff these days.

You do have a great variety though.
Hugs,
Betsy

imac said...

Hot Peppers as well as hot Headers eh Darla.lol.

Lois said...

Datil peppers were always my Dad's favorite and he grew up near St. Augustine. I can't tolerate hot foods myself, so I don't eat peppers at all. I like how they look though, and all of those are really pretty!

imac said...

Thanks for your visits Darla and kind comments, Hope your hand is better by next week, so you can hand the shield over.lol.

tina said...

Your peppers are so pretty!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I have no luck with peppers, I got one this year. They sure are pretty though. I'll be watching to see what else you want to swap and I know you have lots that I'd love to try.

nipitinthebud said...

no chance, I'm still growing my chilli tolerance. Like the black one and your new grapefruit bark header :o)

Becca's Dirt said...

Not for me either. I don't eat the hot things. I do love me some pepper sauce though. I'll let someone else do that too.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful and interesting, but I pass on the seeds. Having the name Pepper, you'd think we would like hot pepper, but we do not. Hope you have a great day!
Dorothy Pepper

Shelley said...

My hubby LOVES those hot peppers! It's in his blood. His family always tricks me w/ their mexican dishes - always telling me "now this isn't hot" - well maybe not to them, but to me my mouth is always on fire!
:-)

Evelyn Howard said...

Love peppers - especially the little red ones. They look pretty too.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Those peppers must have got so hot because it rubbed off from all that shining of the shield.

bennie and patsy said...

Glad to see you are a winner, great header. Whats next?

Leedra said...

Very nice post about the peppers. Will pass on the seeds for now. When hubby ever returns full time and you are still giving seeds (about 5 years from now) I will take you up on it.

Susie said...

Thanks for the offer Darla but I am passing. I do like peppers but those sound just a little too hot for me.

Cher said...

like Betsy, i like green peppers or anything fairly MILD. :)

Gail said...

Rooster spurs is a new named pepper for me...I like a little heat in my food, but not as hot as the habs! I love the poblanas~~do you grow them? gail

Racquel said...

I still have quite a few seeds left from our last exchange. Thanks for the generous offer though. :) Good tip too, I found out the hard way when I was chopping up Jalapenos. lol Now I always wear gloves when messing with hot stuff.

mothernaturesgarden said...

Funny story. When we were young, hubby forgot to wash before touching anywhere else. Yikes!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Darla, I'm not into eating HOT peppers but would love to try the ornamentals. How should I give you my address?
Marnie

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, look at all those pretty peppers! I will just look, thank you. I grew some hot peppers for my son, but he didn't take very many. The Kung Pao peppers are drying on my cupboard, and now, I'm wondering what I'll do with them. I did stick one of them part way into some chili for a few minutes as it was cooking.

George said...

I'm very impressed with the wide variety of peppers you're growing. I also like the beauty that you've captured in your photos.