August is a great time to thank God for Mexico and her neighbors, who gave the world corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and chillies – and of course Mexican food, which comes from corn, tomatoes, and chillies. We love chillies. They are beautiful, and bring so much fun to the palette and plate. At Groce Family Farm, we don’t really grow any “weapons grade” peppers. We just grow delicious chillies. This is probably the one food we keep growing, even though we haven’t found much of a market for it. Its kind of a labor of love and respect. One day, the world’s many pepper lovers will come find us, and we will all benefit from
We love hungarian hot wax peppers (shown below). They are sweet up front with a big, clean, late-breaking heat.
I couldn’t wait for all the peppers to get ripe to do this post, so here are the under-ripe representations of Habanero, Fresno, and Anaheim. Habanero is one of the hotter peppers that are popularly available. Fresnos are sweet, and have a very mild heat. Anaheims are also fairly mild, but they are good for drying, as they have thinner walls than the Fresno. The Habaneros will turn a bright orange. The others will end up red.
Pasilla Bahijo is fun to say, fun to look at, and kinda hard to figure out what to do with…. That is until you learn to make ristras. Then, it’s a great pepper to hang dry, decorate with, and save for some January day when you are snowed in and have all the ingredients in your root cellar to make an awesome mole sauce: canned tomatoes, Pasilla peppers, pumpkin seeds, 8000 different spices, time, and boredom with wintertime food. Pasilla peppers can be smoked. They have a rich, medium-hot, and sweet flavor.
Everyone knows Poblanos. We don’t grow many, but we like ‘em. Dried, they are called Anchos. They can have some heat to them. They are oftentimes stuffed and roasted.
We love Serrano peppers, Jalapeno’s spicier cousin. They have a citrusy, crisp flavor with a nice heat-backing. They ripen red like Jalapenos, but, like Jalapenos, you can’t often find them that way. They are usually sweeter once ripe. They can be frozen once chopped if your crazy CSA farmer has given you way too many, and they’re piling up in the fridge. Consider a rubber glove to be useful here.
Thai Chillies are really hot. There are many types. This is one of them.
Well, that’s what we’ve got.