How To Grow Hot Peppers
Pepper Tips And Information
Where Does Ground Red Pepper Come From?
Ground red pepper comes from dried red cayenne pepper, not peppercorns. Pink peppercorns aren't really peppercorns at all, but the berry of a South American rose plant. They have a bitter, pinelike flavor and are available dried or pickled.
Ground White pepper is a nice addition to recipes where you want to add, peppery flavor, but don't want to see a lot of black specks, such as in mashed potatoes. I think ground white pepper adds a lot of flavor to gravy.
Store all your pepper products in cool, dry, dark places and they will keep almost indefinitely.
If you grow cayenne pepper in your garden you can pick it when its red and string it onto a string with a needle and thread. Hang it up and allow it to dry out completely. You then use it in soups and stews as needed.
Though classified as a fruit and a member of the capsicum family, peppers are enjoyed as a vegetable and a seasoning. They vary in size and shape, but most peppers are hollow pods with internal white ribs to which tiny seeds are attached. Peppers come in a variety of colors and range in flavor from deliciously sweet to fiery hot.
The hot varieties often called chilies or chili peppers, can pack a fiery punch. Many types of chilies including fresh and dried, are widely available.
To use sweet or hot peppers, slice off the stem end, then remove the seeds. If working with hot peppers, protect your hands by covering with plastic gloves. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards. For dried peppers, remove the stem and seeds, then chop and soak in hot water for about thirty minutes before you use them in a recipe.
If you remove the seeds and membranes from fresh jalapenos and discard them part of the fire of the peppers will be gone.
I love to make stuffed peppers as they are oh so delicious. If you click that link you'll find a delicious collection of stuffed pepper recipes.
How To Grow Hot Peppers
Hot peppers include Scotch Bonnet , Cayenne , Thai Hot , Jalapeno , Chili Peppers and many many more. And when you grow your own peppers you'll be able to add them to salsa and other dishes. And freshly grown hot peppers are so delicious and so good for you. Recent studies have shown that hot peppers have been shown to improve heart health and lower blood pressure. In some studies Cayenne pepper has been known to kill cancer cells. So maybe just maybe that Jalapeno salsa may not only taste great it just may be good for you.
I suggest you pick out the variety of peppers you want to plant and purchase seeds. Remember peppers will do best in full sun. Prepare your soil for your peppers. Hot peppers do best in soil that drains well but remains moist. Use mulch worked into your soil to insure some moisture is retained in the soil.
Do not let the soil your peppers are planted in become dry but at the same time don't drown your peppers. When you see flowers your hot peppers should follow soon. Remember hot peppers like full sun. Your peppers is a good place to use your old coffee grounds. Mulch around the pepper plants with the used coffee grounds.
Pick your peppers from the plants while they are green and firm. If you leave them on the plants your plants will stop producing. You can use a needle and thread and string your hot peppers up and allow them to dry. Most hot peppers will turn red as they dry out. You can grind your peppers especially cayenne peppers up into a fine powder in your food processor. You can then place the ground cayenne pepper into a shaker to use it in your cooking. Remember when your grinding hot peppers to wear a mask and rubber gloves.
If you plant your hot peppers in containers be sure that your containers drain well. In most cases you may want to add 3-4 inches of gravel in the bottom of each container. The gravel will help with the drainage. And remember hot peppers desire and need to be planted in areas with full sun.
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How to Grow Cayenne Pepper
I grow a huge amount of cayenne pepper every summer and after growing it for a number of years I have came up with a way to get a great crop of cayenne pepper each and every time I grow it.
I used to try to plant my seeds directly into the ground but it never seemed to work for me so I thought there has to be a better way to do this. So I came up with the better way of doing it.
I lay a few paper towels onto a paper plate and then I wet them with warm water until soaked. I then sprinkle my cayenne pepper seeds onto the wet paper towels on the paper plate and I then carefully cover the seeds with more wet paper towels. I then slide the paper towel covered plate into a gallon zip lock bag and seal it. I usually place the bag on top of the refrigerator.
After a week or so I check on the pepper seeds and usually they are growing small roots.
I have containers prepared with a couple of inches of large gravel in the bottom of the containers and I usually fill the containers with Miracle Grow Potting Soil. I plant several of the little cayenne pepper seeds in the soil in each pot or container. I plant the seeds about a half inch deep. When they come up I thin them when they are about four inches tall.
I keep the soil in the containers moist but not wet. I usually have great success in growing cayenne peppers in containers. You'll want to keep the peppers picked off when they are about four inches long if you want the plants to keep producing more peppers.
You can if you wish freeze green cayenne peppers and use them in soups and stews later on. They give wonderful flavor to stew beef or vegetable beef soup.