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Garden Update, Part 4: Mild and Sweet Peppers

On to the sweets of the pepper patch! Although there are more zesty plants in the garden and pots this year, the milder variants have a good portion of the space. A couple have just the slightest tingle, while the rest have no apparent heat at all.

It’s likely that the sweet Bell pepper is the […]

Eating Peppers is Good for You, Maybe: News on Parkinson’s Disease

The Elves here at the Chile Underground have ben espousing increased consumption of peppers of all types for years now. (They’ve also been espousing massive consumption of beer and meat-on-a-stick, but that’s for another article.) Now there’s scientific evidence that their push to get everyone to eat chiles is well-founded. Actually, it’s not their push […]

Garden Update, Part 3: Lots & Lots O’ Hots, O My!

The only way the Elves here at the Underground can justify their use of the word “Chile” in their website’s name is to be sure to have plenty of peppers planted and thriving by this time of the year. Fortunately, they’re cultivating a grand spread of capsicum, hot and mild. (They grumbled quite a bit […]

Butter and Scotch? Not Quite; But a Great Jelly Nonetheless…

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

I recently wrote about using mangos in a fruit-pepper jelly. Well, I had a brainstorm shortly after that session in the kitchen. The inspiration came from a bit of candy I was sucking on while I mulled over exactly how to prepare my next batch […]

StingJam, a New Variety of Pepper Jelly

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jelly for over a year now. A while back I “invented” a form that had milder heat but still plenty of pepper flavor with the fruit; I called that one ZingJam. Recently I tried to make a different […]

Homemade Chile Powder and Crushed Pepper Flakes

I recently posted about the ornamental peppers I’m growing in pots around the reservation here. Knowing that these small chiles are edible, I lay in wait, kitchen shears and bowl in hand, for the red lovelies to begin to dry out. Then I snipped them off the bushes and put them into my new Waring […]

Can You Eat Ornamental Peppers? For Sure…

In flower beds or pots, ornamental peppers add a spot of color that lasts longer than most flowers. (Pepper plants produce cute little white flowers as well.) There are several varieties, of course, but the common qualities these peppers share include ease of cultivation, small bushes, and plentiful product.

I found a couple of lonely little […]

Austin Area Man Plants 7,000 Peppers in Back Yard to Counter North Korea’s Threats

Recent news of an imminent threat of nuclear bombardment has had many folks in Austin considering how best to respond. One enterprising young fellow has already taken action, however, and planted a record number of hot pepper plants in his back yard.

“North Korea and their nuclear missiles? Shoot, we’ve got fireworks louder than that, every […]