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Piquillo peppers [moved from Home Cooking board]

johnnyb510 Apr 2, 2012 01:46 PM

I've become a fan of Spain's piquillo peppers....great in a manchego, serrano ham, and piquillo pepper grilled cheese sandwich with paprika butter for grilling.....and want to grow the peppers. Seed companies don't seem carry the seeds. Can anyone help????

  1. splatgirl Apr 2, 2012 02:53 PM


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    1. re: splatgirl
      johnnyb510 Apr 2, 2012 03:48 PM

      Thanks splatgirl, I'm on it....Try that grilled cheese sammich...

      1. re: splatgirl
        chefj Apr 2, 2012 03:54 PM

        The description says they are"Hot" peppers. That does not sound like the canned or jarred Piquillos from Spain which are devoid of any heat.

        1. re: chefj
          johnnyb510 Apr 2, 2012 04:11 PM

          They are not hot....the seed company don't know shizzle....

          1. re: johnnyb510
            splatgirl Apr 3, 2012 08:25 AM

            IME piquillos have a little bit of heat, but if you're growing them yourself from seed they're probably going to be quite a bit different than the jarred, imported variety anyway. Peppers are a lot like tomatoes in that they get most of their character from soil and weather.
            And there are the particulars of how Spanish piquillos are processed which I have no idea about.
            Anyway, I do love me some canned imported peppers so I will try the grilled cheese for sure. I just had some imported Calabrese peppers on a wood-fired oven pizza and they instantly became my new obsesssion.

            Of the many varieties I grow and can/freeze every year I think my favorite for all-purpose use is Wenk's Yellow Hots. Depending on the weather and when they're picked, they can go from not hot to really pretty dang hot. They taste great in their full range of color/ripeness. They are floral and magical when eaten raw, and a jar sitting on the shelf showing off all of their shades of yellow, orange and red makes me crazy happy.

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