Bring on the Heat! Hot Chili Peppers in Season

Some people get giddy over the first tomatoes of the season. Others swoon when the corn is finally ripe. And then there are those of us who greedily await the heat - the kind of heat that can only come from hot chili peppers! Do you like it hot?

Even if you're not a huge fan of hot chili peppers, it's impossible to pass by a table and not admire the baskets of glossy jewel-like peppers in their vast array of colors, shapes, and sizes! Some of them have names that we recognize, some of them come with stories (and warnings) from the farmer, and some of them are almost too pretty too eat.

We are recent comers to the hot pepper club, so we're still experimenting with the different varieties and our own heat tolerance. Here are a few recipes from our archives that we've been scouting:

Frittata with Roasted Green Chiles, Summer Squash, and Potatoes
Cool and Spicy Fish and Cucumber Salad
Salsa Habanero
Cucumber Ice Pops with Lime and Chile - This recipe calls for powdered chiles, but aren't you tempted to try them with fresh chiles?!

And a few from elsewhere:
Chiles Rellenos from the New York Times
Black Bean and Jalapeno Soup from the Atlantic
Chilled Red Pepper and Habanero Soup from Epicurious

What are your favorite kinds of peppers and how do you use them?

Related: Food Science: Why Spicy Foods Taste Hotter As You Eat

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