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Feb 29, 2008 05:23 AM

Spots to Buy Padron Peppers?

I'm trying to make Pimientos de Padron this weekend with some friends--any recommendations for where I can find the green peppers?

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  1. Just go to any Japanese or Korean market and get shishito peppers. They have the same flavor profile of the peppers used for pimientos de padrĂ³n, and a fraction of the price. The Korean markets are much cheaper than the Japanese markets as well.

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    1. re: E Eto

      What's an example of a "Japanese or Korean market" that would have Shishitos? I bought them from Yuno in the greenmkt all summer. Am dying for some now.

      I'm in Wmsburg -- in terms of target geography.


      1. re: Jack Barber

        Not near you, but Katagiri on East 59th Street had these this week.

        224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

        1. re: erica

          I planted 35 Padron pepper plants this year. Last year I only planted about a dozen and had more than I could use. The plants look terrific so far; loaded with blosson buds already (June 14). If I get as many as I expect, I might try to sell some in the local area. There are a few Spanish restaurants nearby that might be interested. I got the seeds in Spain, so I know they're the real thing.

    2. I finally gave up trying to buy them so now I grow my own. I bought a big pack of seeds in Santander a few years ago and brought them back with me. They still germinate just fine. The plants are loaded with tiny peppers that'll be ready to pick in about another week. Sorry I can't help, but I can understand your craving for the real thing.

      1. On Fridays at the Union Square Greenmarket, one of the vegetable purveyors has had them in the past...

        Union Square Greenmarket
        Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: penthouse pup

          That would be Yuno. She is at the UN market on Wednesday's as well as at USQ on Fridays. She does not yet have those peppers.

          1. re: erica

            Just returned from the Friday market and Yuno, indeed, has Pimientos de Padron, for $5 a pound...but since the original post was from February..

        2. I believe I have seen them at teh Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. You might want to call ahead, but they have a good selection of peppers.

          Whole Foods
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: offthebeatenpath1

            Even in Spain, Padron peppers are seasonal. La Tienda has them in the summer months, but they're outrageously expensive (especially when you add shipping.) I had a good crop this past summer and couldn't use more than about a tenth of what the plants produced. I feel guilty just letting them go to waste, but there's nothing i can do about it. Seeds are now available from a few sources in the U.S. Johnny's Selected Seeds in Albion, Maine, has them in their catalog. If you know anyone who gardens try asking them to put in a few plants. They start producing fairly early in the season, and the more you pick the more they produce. The big trick it to pick daily or at least every other day to keep them productive. This past summer, I was still getting fruit well until mid-September. If the fruits get too mature and hot, they're still useful as hot peppers for other purposes. Unfortunately, the plants get fairly large, so they're probably not suitable for growing in pots unless you have room for some very large containers.

            1. re: stukin

              Eataly has had shisitos pretty consistently. Still have seen padrones only during summer / early fall at greenmarket.

              Union Square Greenmarket
              Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010