8.14.2012

Are ya'll on board the padrón/shishito train? I had never heard of either, untill I picked up some padróns at the farmer's market the other day. At the recommendation of the farm selling them, I simply heated em up with olive oil until they were blistered, cracked some fresh salt on top, and proceeded to chow down.

I have since seen the not too spicy, but full of flavor, little peppers all over our neighborhood at our favorite restaurants, who do a great job of sourcing local in-season produce. Have these been around every year and I was blind in my ignorance, or are they a new sensation, I wonder?

Then at a local market (looking for padróns), I found shishitos which, it seems, are the japanese counterpart to the spanish pepper.  Pictured here are actually the shishitos, which are a bit longer in shape, and (per my not very scientific observation) a tad less spicy, and more bitter in flavor. Can't go wrong, either way!

19 comments:

  1. Let's eat these and drink beer in your back yard. Ok?

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    1. Me! Me! Me! I WANT TO COME TOO.

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    2. PARTY IN MY YARD

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  2. they look a little like okra..
    -m

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  3. Had them for the first time recently, and now I'm a total addict.

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  4. I'm on this pepper train.

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  5. Love them! Especially because they are so easy to cook up.

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  6. obsessed. I put them on lentil burgers - delicious!

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  7. those sound/look so good! i'll have to look for them next time i'm at the market.

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  8. just got these in my CSA... and wasn't sure what to do with them! perfect timing :)

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  9. My neighbor just had me over for fried up padrons and a beer - so good! She told me that they hadn't been around, then some heirloom seeds showed up, and padrons started popping up at farmers markets. Or something like that. So yummy!

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    1. that would explain things!

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  10. Later in the season they are much spicier! Had them in CA last fall and loved them, despite the burn! :)

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  11. My boyfriend can't stop making these! ha I'm glad to see he's not the only one that is taken with them. :)

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  12. our local tapas place does them but I've never seen them in the shops. I guess they're not exactly local to Glasgow...

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  13. did you get any super spicy padrons? they're the russian roulette peppers!

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    1. yeah all of a sudden, SPICY one!

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