It is a pleasant surprise to find only a hint of heat in this 4″ tall black peper. Catalogs said it was mildly hot. In a recipe, it would be hard to identify this as the hot pepper. I just mixed it in with the bell peppers in the gazpacho. Chop and add this to the bell peppers when freezing for future stews and chilies.
Stake pepper plants to keep them from snapping off suring thunder storms or heavy winds. photo: PBH
I will grow this pepper again to add another level of flavor in recipes calling for bell peppers. It is thin walled, smaller and not a juicy as most bells.
Who knows? You may think it is spicy. Could it be the soil or the temperature affecting the flavor?
Learn more about how this pepper did in my zone 6, Southeast Missouri Garden. Read my Hub Pages evaluations for tomatoes and peppers :
Black Hungarian Pepper tastes more like a bell pepper than a jalapeno.
Todays Harvest Basket Sept 18, 2012
End of the garden vegetables. A few green beans that haven’t been eaten up by the bugs. They will be steamed and served with lemon and chives. (RG)
Peppers are beautiful but smaller than usual this year.
The red peppers are Red Cheese, sweet and mild. So called because at one time the red pepper was used to color the wax used to coat cheese. (BC)
The black peppers are just barely hot Black Hungarian. Thinned walled (BC)
I picked a couple dozen TAM jalapeno. These peppers have the flavor of jalapeno but are with less heat. I’ll use some of these to make a bottle of pepper vinegar. (BC)
The yellow pepper is called Ozark Giant. It is big, thick walled, sweet and juicy. (BC)
A couple of beautiful Gold Medal tomatoes, also much smaller than usual. When sliced, these tomatoes are a beautiful gold yellow with red centers. Gold Medal is an heirloom with that rich tomato flavor. (BC)
Riesentraube Tomatoes are the 30 or 40 sweet red 1-oz fruit (BC) An excellent salad tomato and I have dried hundreds of these tomatoes this year. This winter they will go into soups, stew and chili. (BC)
There are some small eggplants that will be become a simple version of ratatouille to serve over pasta. There are three small eggplants in the upper right corner of the basket. The leaves of this plant are lacy with so many flea beetle holes. (RG)
(RG) = Renee’s Garden
(BC) = Baker Creek Heirloom Seed