Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jalapeno's on the windowsill

The excitement of seeing my first homegrown Thai peppers was a high point during the scorching summer heat. I felt no intimadation as I looked upon the tiny, dark green peppers. My husband loves Thai food, so what could be better than adding Thai peppers to an endless array of meals I would cook for him.

Only one other pepper has more heat then Thai peppers, that would be the Habanero. An important point when deciding what peppers to grow in your garden. Take a bell pepper for comparison, which clocks in at a zero rating for heat threshold. A jalapeno can go as high aas 8,000, and to my surprise, the Thai pepper can rate up to 100,000. Sweet banana are the mildest of the spicy peppers, then Pablano. Depending on the amount of spice you want, you may wish to start with the mild variety.

A hot, delicious way to try these spicy peppers and do a taste test yourself, is to simply serve as an appetizer. Start with any pepper you wish, or try a few different types, and stuff with cream cheese. Wrap uncooked bacon aroung the stuffed uncooked pepper, and place in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Just don't forget to label which pepper is which. Have fun working your way up the heat index.

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