Thursday, November 5, 2009

Caribbean Red Peppers aka I Have Been Warned

There was one lonely grower amongst the brokers today at Soulard. I walked up to his stand just in time to hear some lady yell "you're crazy" in an angry tone and walk away. So I laid on the sweetness extra thick cause I don't like it when people are mean to farmers. Anyhoo, I got some kale, some beets, some turnips, and these guys to the left. Here's how the conversation went:
Me: What's a "Carribbean Red?"
Nice Farmer: You probably don't want to be messing with those if you don't know what they are.
Me: I eat habeneros.
Nice Farmer: You really don't want to buy those if you've never had them.
Me: I'll take a box.
Nice Farmer: Well, you're just gonna do what you want, aren't you?
(For the record, I usually find it a good idea to take the suggestions of the farmers. I mean, they know their produce better than anyone else. But me, I'm a pepper junkie, always chasing that capsaicin dragon.)
An Internet search is showing a scoville heat unit range of between 350,000 and 445,000. For reference a jalapeno runs between 3000 and 6000 shu. We'll see how that goes. I can say with certainty, I will be wearing gloves for this.


  1. Hey Michelle,

    I met Skip at a meeting in Baltimore yesterday and we ended up hanging out most of the night. He told me about your garden and the plans for getting chickens next spring. My wife and I are really into gardening and have all sorts of assorted poultry on the homestead. He told me about this site and said I should check it out.

    Pretty cool blog. Have fun with the peppers!



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  3. Hi Andrew,

    I'm getting chickens in the spring? I asked for some for Valentines Day last year and got denied! I'm glad you kept Skip company yesterday. We all missed him here!

    Thanks for checking out the blog!