Jul 26, 2010
Harvest Monday & a Vegetable Profile
Wait for me! I'm always late for Harvest Monday!
don't say it! I know, I know...
Japanese Climbing Cucumber, Mini Yellow Stuffer Bell Pepper, Quadrato d'asti Rosso Bell Pepper, Grapes, Canteloupe (ick), Fish Hot Pepper, Jalapenos, Orange Wellington Tomato
Vegetable Profile: Heirloom Fish Hot Pepper
Currently on the "Watchlist" for endangered varieties, this pepper has a neat history and has been fun to grow this year. It is absolutely beautiful, with it's wide range of colors and variegated foliage, but has a unique taste I have never seen in any other pepper. It's very hot, but a different hot taste completely than a chile pepper, hard to explain!
It is an African-American historic heirloom traditionally grown for use in Baltimore fish houses, where it was used to make sauces, and part of what made our traditional "Chesapeake Crabcakes" famous. It is now considered almost extinct. Seed can be found, however the true fish pepper is hard to save seed from since it can cross pollinate with your other peppers.
I came across a blog that had a nice post about Fish Peppers and a project to reintroduce them to Chesapeake cuisine. These are tiny & prolific and could easily be grown in a container, and with the green foliage splashed with white they are gorgeous! I call them "Koi" since when viewed from above they look like Koi swimming in a pond!
Fish Pepper Foliage
Weather was great today, 87º that felt cool as a cuke and I got a lot of work done outside, that's another post!