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I'm looking for fresh, hot, red peppers near Mountain View. Everything fresh at Mi Pueblo is green, everything red is dried. Whole Foods doesn't have any either. Any suggestions?

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  1. Wrong time of year.

    1. Most Asian Markets or Supermarkets will have fresh Bird Chilis, Fresnos/Red Jalapeño may be harder to find.

      1. If you're in MV, have you tried Ava's at 340 Castro, the independent downtown market that started in 2011? That is the first place I would look. Selection varies constantly with market and season, but I've gotten pepper types there, often imported, that I never heard of previously.

        Anything _locally_ seasonable is also available at the Sunday farmer's market at the downtown train station, which is open as I write this and for about three more hours.

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        1. re: eatzalot

          No local fresh chiles this time of year.

          Ripe chiles are available in parts of Mexico year-round, so someone could bring them in, but I've never seen any around here in winter.

          1. re: eatzalot

            When I stopped at Ava's Sunday, they had lots of regular orange Habaneros but no hot red peppers.

            If you are interested in produce at that place (now, or future readers of this thread), call and ask co-owner Juan Origel, who does much of the produce selection and can advise you offhand. Avas gets interesting produce, recently there were blood oranges, cara-cara oranges, mango oranges, and a delightful species of seedless tangerine with loose skin, among other orange-oids.

            1. re: eatzalot

              And I don't know if the OP is still looking, but FYI bright red ripe Fresnos have now appeared at Ava's in downtown MV, the place I mentioned earlier. I was shopping for sweet peppers today, and saw the new Fresnos.

              1. re: eatzalot

                OP (me) was still looking until finally getting over to Ava's this weekend. Thanks for the heads up, though, and thanks to everyone for their great suggestions. I'm going to be trying out those other options as well.

          2. FYI...they freeze well. I'll normally buy a branch @ the FM, strip them, and freeze. I've seen them at 99 Ranch but they're few red ones mixed in with green. Look for small baggie.

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            1. re: letsindulge

              If frozen is OK, you can find red Peruvian peppers.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                At 99 Ranch?

                1. re: greymalik

                  No, at places with Peruvian stuff.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Any you'd care to mention?

                    1. re: greymalik

                      In the Mountain View area I don't know. Mi Tierra in Berkeley, several Latin grocers in SF.

                  2. re: greymalik

                    Thai chiles @ 99 Ranch. You might check @ Felipe's in Sunnyvale, Foothill Produce in Los Altos, or even The Milk Pail in Mtn. View. Even if you don't find the chiles this time of year I guarantee that you won't leave empty-handed. They all have beautiful produce.

              2. Saw fresh California grown Red Fresnos/Jalapeño at Koreana Plaza (Oakland)today.
                May be check some of the Korean Markets down there?

                1. Saw these at Marina Grocery in south San Jose yesterday. Other branches are in San Mateo and Cupertino.

                   
                  1. I just bought some red chile peppers ( jalapeños I think -maybe Fresno? ) at Rincon Latino in Richmond on San Pablo Ave. - they were super spicy!

                     
                    1. Heads up...at least 3 varieties of fresh red peppers @ Sunnyvale FM today. I'd suspect to see them at MV or PA FM tomorrow.

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                      1. re: letsindulge

                        Interesting, I wonder where they're coming from? Here's a list of markets affiliated with that one so likely to have the same vendors:

                        http://www.urbanvillageonline.com/mar...

                      2. Borba at the Mountain View and various other farmers markets has a variety of chiles and peppers. They have some long, wrinkly, narrow chiles that can be slightly hot, though only slightly. I think he calls them Portugal peppers. They're similar to what are sometimes called chilacayote (sp?) chiles in Mexico, though maybe milder. His jalapeños today were mostly green, but some were partly red. But I think the rest were sweet. They're worth checking with and asking if they don't have what you're looking for.

                        1. Saw fresh red jalepeños at Ranch 99 in Cupertino (corner of Wolfe and Homestead) today.