Sunday, November 17, 2013
They do not call me Chilebrown for nothing. I love discovering new hot sauces and peppers. We were at the Ferry Plaza's Farmers Market and visited our old friend Leah. She always is an inspiration in all things pepper. A customer brought her some seeds from Vietnam, which she planted. The middle bin, top and bottom are those harvested peppers. The top bin with the orange peppers is hot and the bottom with the red is sweet. I had to give them a try.
Leah said these peppers are strains of the chinense variety. This variety is famous for the very hot habanero pepper. We cut into them for a taste test. We tried the sweet pepper first. There was no heat at all. The flavor was very mild and fairly bland with pepper flavor. I would rate this as an ornamental type pepper. The hot was next. This had a pleasant heat level of 2 stars out of 5. It did have the faint characteristic flavor of a habanero. That being a fruity, floral type flavor but with not the habanero bite. These peppers would be good in a salsa or to spice up any dish. I think I will save some seeds from the hot pepper and try to grow them.