Monday, November 29, 2010

Harvest Monday - November 29, 2010

Are you tired of seeing peppers on my Harvest Monday posts? Well, you won't being seeing much more after this week, here's almost the last of the bunch. Freezing night time temperatures swooped down upon us out of the Gulf of Alaska last week so I stripped most of my pepper plants of all their peppers. I say this is almost the last because I brought one potted plant that was loaded with ripening pods indoors and you'll get to see those peppers in the next week or so.

Here's the bulk of the pepper harvest last week:

Christmas Bell


Aji Santa Cruz

I tried some of the green Aji Santa Cruz peppers pan fried like padron peppers but the skins were too tough and they just didn't have the same great flavor so I won't be trying them that way again. Next, I'll be trying some of them stewed in their own juices with some garlic and herbs to see if that works better. Most of the green Christmas Bells turned red after sitting at room temperature for a few days so today I dried them in a 200F oven to grind into flakes.

I also harvested a bunch of the Portuguese Dairyman's kale to braise with some artichoke hearts for Thanksgiving dinner, but of course I forgot to weigh it, again. And I didn't weigh the ripe and ripening Aunt Ruby's German cherry tomatoes that I stripped from the plant either...

Here's the harvest totals for the past week:

Aji Santa Cruz peppers - 3 lb., 11.75 oz.
Kaleidoscope peppers - 1 lb., 14.25 oz.
Christmas Bell peppers - 2 lb., 6.25 oz.
Guyana peppers - 2.5 oz.
PI 593480 (Morocco) peppers - 8 oz.
Madrid Bell Sweet peppers - 13.5 oz.
Tobago Sweet Scotch Bonnet peppers - 3.25 oz.
Suave orange peppers - .5 oz.
Aji Pineapple peppers - .5 oz.
Topepo Rosso peppers - 1 lb., 15.25 oz.
Cuerno de Cabra peppers - 9.5 oz.
Christmas Bell Picante peppers - 9.25 oz.
Andine Cornue tomatoes - 1 lb., 15 oz.

The total for the week was - 14 lb., 13.5 oz.
The totals for the year are - 693 lb., 8 oz.

If you would like to see more harvests that other garden bloggers are gathering then head on over to Daphne's Dandelions, the home of Harvest Monday.


  1. You have beautiful peppers! Your plants must have been very productive to have so many peppers.

    Are they all as hot as they look? How are they compared to a jalepeno for instance?

  2. Veggie PAK, Actually, none of the peppers in the photos are as hot as they look, the Christmas Bells have just a hint of heat in the core, although one of the plants produced peppers with a mild amount of heat. Kaleidoscope and Aji Santa Cruz are completely sweet. Most of the peppers I grew this year are sweet to mild, the hottest being the Tobagp Sweet Scotch Bonnet which is a little hotter than a jalapeno.

  3. Oh wow, look at all those peppers, they are gorgeous. Do you grow all your peppers in containers?

    Just for fun--I have a cookbook written by Jane Butel call "Real Women Eat Chiles", every time I see that book I think of you and your peppers.

  4. Mac, I grow a lot of my peppers in containers, the small fruited ones do particularly well. This year the potted plants did much better than most of the bed grown plants.

    Thanks for the link to the book, I have to check it out, sounds like fun!

  5. Christmas bell peppers are especially pretty! I would probalby keep some of them for a decoration.

    Wonderful harvest!

  6. So nice peppers! But all your peppers that you have showed in your post are to hot for me - I'm afraid of eating such things again, since I have tried it once a few years ago!


  7. I'm so not tired of seeing your peppers. You always have the best pepper harvests. You grow so many interesting ones. I'll be sad this is the last.

  8. Peppers are some of the most interesting and photogenic veggies there are - who could really get tired of looking at them? It sounds like the freeze that hit us sagged on south and got you too last week. Was damned cold in our region for a few days!

  9. vrtlarica, too late, I already roasted and ground all of them. Maybe next year I'll dry some of them whole and use them for decoration, for a while at least, they're too delicious to just look at.


    Kathrin, all the peppers that I showed are actually sweet, although the Christmas Bells have just a hint of heat in the core, but the flesh is entirely sweet. I don't like really hot peppers so I try to find milder varieties to grow.


    Daphne, I am a pepper junkie, always looking for a new interesting variety to grow. I don't suppose that I really qualify as a chilehead since that bunch is better known for seeking the hottest of the hot and that's not my thing.


    kitsapFG, Peppers certainly do come in an amazing array of shapes, colors and sizes, I find them to be fascinating. That weather certainly did sag its way down here and it's not exactly toasty warm here even now...

  10. Never tired of your peppers. They look really scrumptious. You definately had some prolific plants!


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