Part of being able to take the heat is knowing where the heat is coming from! We recently came across two guides to help us identify peppers and how much heat they're packing. Take a look!
Have you seen the most recent issue of Saveur? We were flipping through it the other day and were blown away by the gallery of hot peppers! It includes photos of almost 50 varieties of peppers along with descriptions and serving suggestions. Reading through everything, we feel inspired to break out of our comfort zone and sample some of the less common peppers we see at the farmers market.
You can read all the descriptions online, but you'll need to pick up a copy of the September issue for the pictures (totally worth it!):
• A World of Peppers and Chile Pepper Glossary by Maricel E. Presilla from Saveur Magazine, September 2009
We also recently bookmarked this post over on Simply Recipes:
• How to Check for the Hotness of Jalapenos from Simply Recipes
Most peppers get hotter as they mature, and Elise talks about a pepper characteristics that will give us a hint about the pepper's age and hotness. Essentially, she tells us to look for white stretch marks and color, which both indicate heat. Her photos are really helpful for giving us a visual!
We'll definitely be referring to both of these guides the next time we're shopping for hot peppers!
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