Monday, September 6, 2010
9/6/10 Harvest - HOT Pepper
We harvested our first hot cayenne pepper this weekend, just to test its hotness. Keith took a quarter inch nibble off the tip, thinking "it's still green and unripe, so it can't be that hot, right?" Then he almost died. His exact quote afterward was: "It tasted like firey death."
I just took the cut side of the pepper (after Keith took his nibble) and touched the tip of my tongue to it.
This was one hot pepper! It tasted hotter than any other peppers I've tasted in recent memory. I have read that hot peppers get a bit milder when they are ripe and red. We'll have to do another taste test when the peppers are bigger and riper. A question for any of you pepper growers out there: do you ever harvest cayenne peppers when they are still green, or do you always wait until they have turned color, either partially or completely?
The rest of our harvest was pretty wimpy this week. We finally got the last of the cucumbers and pulled the vines. The cucumbers were small, distorted and damaged by bugs; but they were still edible. I also harvested two green onions I grew from seed. These things really take forever to grow to a decent size from seed. There are more in the garden, but we only needed two for cooking, so that's we took.
Since I didn't have much of a harvest this week, I wanted to share a few colorful pictures from our Labor Day barbeque. The produce was unfortunately not from our garden, but Keith and I have high hopes that we will be able to supply our own vegetables for next year's Labor Day weekend barbeque.
We also grilled some chicken breasts and pork chops, but I don't have any pictures of those because I was already too busy eating my burger. Priorities, you know!
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