Pimientos de Padron

After being introduced to the tapas sensation which is Pimientos de Padron, I just knew I had to grow this heirloom variety of chilli.  This Spanish bar-snack is the ultimate in beer food.  Simplicity is its forte – simply whole chillies fried in a pan until softened and starting to brown, then drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Yumbos!

I tracked down Southern Harvest as my seed supplier – they wanted $8 to deliver a pack to my door.  Not exactly cheap, considering that more than half of that was going on postage for a 55c envelope, but hey not going to break the bank either.  I picked up a seed raising tray, which again was a massive rip-off at $19 for the same plastic they make the little trays that chocolate biscuits come in.  But at $30+ a kilo for chillis, I guess I can suck it up.

As you can see below the first shoots have poked through and it’s full-steam ahead for the chilli project!

UPDATE: I planted out 45 seeds and 44 have germinated.  Score!

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