Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Hot Stuff

The Hispanic supermarkets in Texas sell an amazing variety of chillis.  To a palate which is used to the taste of chilli each of these varieties has a subtly different taste.   I suppose if you have been used to say Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, then a cup of instant would taste different.  

 Each different chilli variety has a unique flavour and a different heat.  These New Mexico chillis are some of the hottest.
Yet there are so many varieties to the trained palate.  The heat of a chilli is measured on the Scoville Scale.
Dried Ancho chillis look like chocolate, yet they have a distinctive smokey flavour all of their own.

 Many recipes for authentic Texan or TexMex chilli specify which variety of chilli you use in the recipe. 
So next time Jamie Oliver asks you to put 'one chilli' into a recipe, you are entitled to ask whether that would be a Guajillo chilli? New Mexico Chilli? Poblano Chilli?  Ancho, Chipotle, Morita, Jalapeno, Cascavel, Pasilla or Pequin Chilli! 

5 Comments:

At 1:49 PM, Blogger VirginiaC said...

Caliente!!

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger Nicole said...

They all look good. I love chipotle to use in stews and soups.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Mark Willis said...

I wish that we could regularly get a selection of chillis like that in our shops here! My favourite is undoubtedly Chipotle, which I use a lot.

 
At 3:35 AM, Anonymous Nelson said...

"So next time Jamie Oliver asks you to put 'one chilli' into a recipe, you are entitled to ask whether that would be a Guajillo chilli? New Mexico Chilli? Poblano Chilli? Ancho, Chipotle, Morita, Jalapeno, Cascavel, Pasilla or Pequin Chilli!"

Couldn't agree more!

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Chillies are a great reminder of things to come in the garden, don't let all this weather stop you...

 

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