The one quality I like best when visiting Grandora Gardens outside at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is the splash of colors that greet me. Who could not feel a sense of happiness after walking beside the many baskets of fresh garden vegetables and fruits. But buyer beware, these vibrant peppers are just as vibrant with their heat. If you’re not sure which ones to buy or how to cook them, then ask RJ at the booth. He’ll offer you some great suggestions and tell you which peppers are good for your palate.
Hot Portugal Chile Peppers: great for sauces and sautéing with other vegetables to give that extra bit of heat.
Cayenne Chile Peppers: use in salsa, chili, sauces, or dice and add to scrambled eggs, tuna salads, etc.
Habanero: use in chili, sauces, soups, salsa, and jellies.
Hot Hungarian Chile Peppers, also known as Banana Peppers: pickle, stuff, use fresh in salads and salsa, or relishes.
New-Mex Chile Peppers: good in egg and vegetables dishes, and stews.
Jalapeños: slice and add to pizza, nachos, salsa, or stuff with cheese and make pepper poppers – my all-time favorite.
Thai Chile Peppers: infuse in oil, pickle, or add to curry sauces.
Ghost Peppers (Bhut Jolokia): extremely wicked. Also known as poison chile and I wonder why! RJ keeps these hidden and sells only to serious and knowledgeable customers.
Sweet Orange Bell Peppers: eat raw, add to salads, salsa, egg dishes, grill on the barbeque, etc.
Cayenne, Hot Portugal, Habanero, Banana, Jalapeño, and Poblano Peppers
Dried peppers and powders
- Always use gloves when handling hot peppers, wash hands and rinse with lemon juice to remove any oils, and most importantly, do not touch your eyes.
- The hottest part of a chile pepper is the membrane that holds the seeds. This part of the pepper has the highest concentration of capsicum oil.
- Dairy products, specifically yogurt, will reduce the heat sensation of peppers.
- Peppers are rich in Vitamins A, C, and B6, and high in Potassium and Manganese.
For more info on cooking peppers and for recipes visit: The Reluctant Gourmet
Grandora Gardens also sells fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays at the market. RJ always greets everyone with a smile so stop by with one too and buy some delicious produce for your favorite meal.