Well it would seem that a new crop of pimientos de padron is now a weekly affair. This afternoon Mary and I plucked 19 plump pimientos. The chilli plants are so plentiful that we could be very selective and only take those that are large and fully developed – no little runts this time.
Here’s the now obligatory hands-shot. And here’s a link to the previous crop for comparison.
And of course the best thing to do is to reach straight for the frying pan and get those things on the heat!
..and once they’re browned and blistered it’s time to give them a generous crack of salt and rack up the beers – for nothing goes better with pimientos than a cool ale. This truly is the king of drinking food.
These 19 largish chillies were enough for three people to snack on or two to get indulgently piggy.
Now, I have often heard the pimiento de padron referred to as ‘the roulette chilli’ – a name it gets from its habit of one in six chillies being significantly hotter than the others . Normally these are very mild and the hot ones are far from disastrous, but certainly have a little zing to them. I thought that this time with a decent(ish!) sample size we might keep track of how this plays out. Well the results are that out of 19 chillies 4 were hotties, so not too far wrong.
All in all I think that a packet of pimientos de padron seeds would make an excellent gift. Mine cost less than $10 (much of which was postage) and yielded over 30 plants. Not only do you get the enjoyment of growing these things from seedlings into verdant, bountiful bushes but also it would seem that you get a weekly excuse to pluck a whole pan’s worth, fry them up and crack out the beers. What could be better?