View Full Version : A Pepper Harvest

10-18-2014, 11:12 PM
Two types container grown this year. No space now for a real garden so 5 gallon buckets produced several lbs of cayenne and one 3 gallon nursery pot had what I call wild grove peppers. All they were ever called when I was a kid. Birds planted them everywhere. With mechanical hoes then herbicides they are extinct in lots of places now. I got a start and will keep them going. Over here the small pods in front of the cayenne are those grove peppers and called "Rooster Spurs" here on the coast. I gave a pepper grower desperate to find seed for a start some pods. I finally got physicked up enough to pick the small ones. After an adolescent experience of nearly losing an eye to them I was hesitant to pick bare handed and had no suitable gloves to wear. No harm done as I knew some things could not be touched for hours after picking even after several hand washings using Dawn. The peppered vinegar is a must have for southern style greens at my house and store bought bottles are lacking that full robust flavor.


Now for a month of waiting. Normally I'd of used all the small grove peppers but want a lot of seed to have a real pepper patch next year so I mixed some cayenne cut into smaller chunks to make the final private brew.


Now to find a mustard and collard green patch and with some luck turnip greens too.

10-19-2014, 06:55 AM
Nice. :thumbs up::thumbs up:

10-19-2014, 09:21 AM
If nothing else it's purty to look at.:thumbs up::thumbs up::thumbs up:

10-19-2014, 08:26 PM
I'm bettin' that has "that full robust flavor" :wo:

Nice job growing and making the heated vinegar :thumbs up::thumbs up:

10-19-2014, 08:40 PM
I'm a bit of a fan of the heat ... that bottle makes my mouth water.

10-21-2014, 02:32 PM
The peppered vinegar is a must have for southern style greens at my house and store bought bottles are lacking that full robust flavor.


Peppered vinegar !?!? never heard of it but I'm sure as H€ll going to have to try it.

Your's sounds like it is going to be wicked.

10-23-2014, 10:02 AM
Do not have any of your chilies fresh here so I tried with some local chilies that I cut up and put in white wine vinegar. The local chili is similar to Jalapeno. I only started a little because I do not know what I will do with it when its done. :shrug:

Now I have to wait a month too !

10-23-2014, 10:20 AM
Any pepper will do fine. You just want to get the spicy heat into the vinegar. Use it on greens such as spinach or collards or a dash in with a recipe that calls for vinegar to add a touch of spice. Let us know what you think of it.

Short One
10-23-2014, 05:25 PM
Where are the seeds? They would have gave it more kick.

10-24-2014, 02:47 AM
I took the seeds out because very often, the bite in the "Piment d'Espelette" can get pretty wicked.
After I see what this gives I always have the option of doing some with the seeds.

10-24-2014, 04:51 AM
With the pepper sauce bottle the narrow slit in the insert doesn't often let a seed through. I have my doubts that those peppers are nearly as hot as the small wild ones like I grew. Those are inedible. Real tonsil removers.

10-24-2014, 11:36 AM
It is for sure that mine are not as hot as yours, like I said from a little less to a little more than a jalapeno.

Your little ones look like what we call "piment oiseau" literally "bird pimentos" (or chilies) but ... they are red. I don't find them very often and when I do it is in an oriental specialty store and either have started to dry or are in plastic bags.

They are imported from China or Thailand.

10-24-2014, 09:33 PM
the small ones like I grow are a delicacy for birds and they transplant them all over their range and they spread from there. For those who would like to shop for seed I've just found this site:


10-25-2014, 04:23 AM
A lot of interesting hot peppers there but...there is a sentence in the shipping details that I do not care for (and I quote) :

"Sorry, no shipments will be made to foreign countries."

I will keep the link anyway.


10-25-2014, 05:09 AM
Your link got me to thinking, I have never tried to find a seed supplier. I logged on to an English site from whom I have already purchased hot sauces to have a look. It is a very interesting site, if you have time to browse it, here is the link :


On the left you will find "links to chili sites".
"Chili pepper seeds" lists 5 UK sources. I only looked at the first one, Nick's nursery.
"chilies" on Nick's nursery (http://www.nickys-nursery.co.uk/) lists over 100 different chilie seeds that they sell !:wow:

10-25-2014, 03:59 PM
It's even worse than foreign countries. A lot of our states will not allow certain seed shipped in.:exasper: I have several sites here in the US that I can order from. Pepper grows well in containers. 15-20 liters.

02-12-2015, 12:33 PM
Hey, I just found the pepper vinegar I made last October.
Good stuff, the bite kind of sneaks up on you.
Next time I will leave the seeds.

02-13-2015, 04:02 PM
Hey, I just found the pepper vinegar I made last October.
Good stuff, the bite kind of sneaks up on you.
Next time I will leave the seeds.Sometime back I read an article on pepper heat and while we have been taught that the heat is from the seeds this article says the real heat is from the membrane on the inside of the pepper. I don't know but I don't strip anything out of the pod. I've got a lot of hot pepper seed that are much hotter to grow and grind this fall. Everything from a jalapeno up to the worlds hottest for the time being, the Carolina Reaper. From what I've read I'll need a hazmat suit to wear when grinding that stuff. :exasper:

02-14-2015, 05:24 AM
I have read about the Carolina Reaper on an English web store that sells hot spices/sauces/rubs and dehydrated peppers.