A few weeks ago I received a tasty sample in the mail: padron peppers, courtesy of La Tienda. Padron peppers, named after the municipality in Spain where they were originally grown, are a traditional Spanish tapa. The peppers are grown in the United States now, but still tend to be pricey, as much as US$20 per pound, which gives you about 100 of these little peppers.
To prepare, just cook the peppers very simply with a quick saute in olive oil and then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.
Addictive is the word that comes to mind. I could eat these hand over fist, just like popcorn, and already have plans to try growing some next year. If you don’t have room for a garden or inclination to grow them yourself, you can purchase from Tienda.com, or check out your local farmer’s market for a vendor. They are still available, but probably for only a few more weeks.
[Received sample from the company.]