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Not to single anyone out... but can we talk about Padrons?

Posted on June 11th, 2021 by Lilly Emendy

One of my all time favorite crops is coming into its peak season and I love it so much I want you all to love it too! The pimientos de Padrón is an heirloom pepper that, as the story goes, a Franciscan monk brought the pepper seeds from Mexico to the Herbon parish in the town of Padrón, in the 17th century. The seed has been grown and saved for the last 400 years and has now popularized in many parts of the United States.

The taste is savory and green and when cooked as it is traditionally intended--blistered on a skillet and served with big flaky salt--it reveals a depth of flavor that is only available to our taste buds for a couple of months each year in NC. This pepper is what you might call "spanish roulette". As the plant matures, more and more of the pepper have a surprising kick to them! The ratio is on average 1 hot for every 10 mild. It's a food you can play with and eat together- seeing who got a hot one!

Coming up soon we have summer squash, cherry tomatoes, lunchbox peppers, sunflowers, and cucumbers. IT's going to be a bountiful summer everyone.


Eat well, and eat with your loved ones,

Lilly and Becca