Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Started Peppadews today

Today I started 40 Peppadew seeds. Last year it was a bust. The seeds I got were imposters. So this year, I got them from 3 different sources. A grower in the U.K., a grower in Canada and a grower in Wasington State. All of them swear they are the real deal. I sowed all 40 of them. I have them marked so I know which ones came from which grower. The truth is, you can't have too many Peppadews. I have had some requests for the brine recipe... Well, it's a secret recipe and I have one that is supposedly close.

Peppadew Pickled Peppers

Cut off stem and deseed unless you want burning hot peppers. It's best to use surgical gloves, as the peppers can make your fingers burn. Cut off the stem end and scrape out the seeds with a small teaspoon. Try to remove all the seeds.

Dissolve about 4 tablespoons sea salt in just over 2 cups water. (We have metric measurements: 60g salt to 600ml water.In another submission of this recipe, the author gave the following instructions: Leave overnight in a brine consisting of 2 ounces kosher/coarse salt and about 2 1/3 cups water). Drop peppers into brine after deseeding, and leave them in for a few hours or overnight. (Increase brine mixture according to volume of peppers!) Put a plate or other weight on top if necessary, to stop them from bobbing on top. Before continuing, be sure your jars, caps and rings are very clean and sterilized in boiling water. Leave in the hot water until ready to fill the jars.

Syrup ingredients: 1-1/2 cups good vinegar, grape or wine or malt (5% acetic acid) 1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
a few pieces sliced fresh ginger some fresh garlic cloves
2 tablespoons crushed peppercorns (the mixed peppercorns are nice)
some bay or lemon leaves
a little sea salt

Additional ingredients:

2 whole green chili peppers, reserved, optional extra small whole green chili peppers for garnish

Combine the syrup ingredients in a non-reactive pot that is large enough to hold the peppers. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then bring to a rolling boil. Take care, as the mixture does foam up a bit.In the meantime, rinse the brined peppers. Place in a colander or sieve and shake to remove as much moisture as possible. Add the peppers along with the green chili peppers to the boiling syrup. Boil for a minute or two. Use a slotted spoon to fill the jars with the peppers. Push them in; you want to fill the bottles nicely! Then pour over the boiling hot mixture. Use a small rubber spatula along with gentle tapping and rotation of the jars in to fill the pepper hollows with the syrup.

You can add a green chili to each jar for decorative purposes if you like. Final filling should be to 1/2-inch of the top. Wipe the rims of the jars. Cap the jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet, 15 minutes from altitudes of 1000 to 6000 feet, and 20 minutes above 6000 feet. Leave for about 2 - 3 weeks before use.This recipe fills 2 ordinary (supermarket size!) 375 ml bottles, i.e. each about 1 1/2 cups. Don't work with huge quantities -- rather make in smaller batches, it's easier and safer. * I use white grape vinegar because it's pure white. I dislike the cheaper spirit vinegar. Use whatever is available to you. Cider vinegar is also fine, except that it's slightly colored.

Also, Here is a link to Peppadew International that has recipes for the Peppers.

Let's all cross our fingers that all or at least one of the groups of seeds are the real deal. Then I will make sure everyone get's them. I might end up in Peppadew Prison's a worthy cause.


cathyp said...

please, please, is it at all possible to send me a couple of peppadew seeds, I will send you a file in a marmande tomato so that you can escape from peppadew prison! I have quite a few tom seeds from doubleday heritage company if you need any types. If you cannot, so be it, but good luck with Ppdew. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Off topic(ish) - but Rant=ON What is it with these damn corporations patenting/copywriting FOOD!!! Rant=OFF>
Peppadews (c) were an accidental find at the start, what world do we live in?

g4ry said...

Any luck so far? I've been searching for some true seeds for these for a while now, and no luck.
Very interested to see how you make out, and I commend you for finding 3 independent sources.

Needless to say, I would be very interested in obtaining any seeds you may be able to offer (g4rymill3r at

Happy growing!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the recipie! Have just bottled my first batch. Looking forward to seeing how they taste.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the recipie! Have just bottled my first batch and I cant wait to see how they taste.

Eunice said...

Where did you buy your seeds?

Tomatoaddict said...

My original seeds came from a trusted source that needs to remain anonymous. But... I sell them at my seed store. See the link on sidebar.

Eunice said...

Can you send me a link to your seed store or the name? It's not clear to me what link to click on in your sidebar. Thanks!

clayton said...

I would also like to know where to get the seeds. Or, even better, where I could buy some starts from someone in the Seattle area.

clayton said...

I would love to either buy some Peppadew seeds or (even better) some starter plants from someone in the Seattle area.

clayton said...

I would also like to know where to get the seeds. Or, even better, where I could buy some starts from someone in the Seattle area.

Tomatoaddict said...

Anyone interested in Peppadew seeds can go to my store @