Report on Quetzal Farms' giant spicy pimientos de Padron
So I finally tried the pimientos de Padron from Quetzal Farms at the Berkeley Farmers Market this morning. They had giant ones, about twice the size of the kind you find from Happy Quail, for $6/pound. Great deal! Also, really hot!!! They warned us that they were "a little spicier" than the smaller ones, especially the redder ones, and they were not kidding. We didn't have a mild one in the bunch that we got, and I think my husband had some kind Chilean Insanity Pepper-type experience as we (unsuccessfully) tried to finish them all. We had a lunch of P'tit Basque, membrillo, and chorizo with the peppers, and the cheese was fairly successful at quenching the burning, burning fire (I should have bought some milk).
Link to previous search for affordable pimientos de padron: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
PS: Spanish Table said they sell pimientos de padron seeds in the spring and have had customers report successful plants!
It seems clear from the posts that folks are talking about two different varieties of chile. I suspect the "large" pimientos de padron are not what they claim to be. Sure, there are variations from farm to farm, but there's no such thing as a single variety of chile that has 2 sets of radically different characteristics. I think anyone who sells "pimientos de padron" that are oversize and have a uniform heat level is just trying to cash in on the name. Sort of like when a neighborhood gets hot all the real estate agents start expanding it's boundaries.
I also find the larger ones almost too bitter so I will stick with Happy Quail's. And yes, the larger ones are definitely hotter. we had a large bowl of freshly fried, lightly salted peppers and a large group eating them and out of about 12 peppers, one person got the hot one . ..and the hot is otherwordly . . .it just hits the mouth differently than any other pepper. Russian Roulette with peppers! So worth it!