Food Find: Peppadew Peppers

North Port February 12, 2010

If you’re not familiar with Peppadew peppers, you should be. They’re piquanté peppers from South Africa’s northern provinces and are unlike any other pepper on the market — sweet with a spicy finish. And thanks to places like Dean’s Mediterranean Imports at Findlay Market and Whole Foods, you can get them without a problem.

Peppadew peppers are processed, bottled and marketed by Peppadew International using a “stringent process and secret recipe.” Their tart, sweet, spicy flavor makes them incredibly versatile in cooking — just use them anywhere you would use a roasted pepper.

Stuff them with cheese for an appetizer, mix them in a bean dip, put them on a salad, even puree them for a unique aioli. Panera Bread puts them on the delicious Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. Chef Andrew Carmellini uses them in Braised Chicken with Peperonata.

If you’re bored with your cooking routine and are looking for an ingredient to spice things up, look no further than the Peppadew pepper.

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5chw4r7z February 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

OH man, on a sandwich!
I getting some next trip through Findlay.

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Barb February 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

You do a great job of keeping your cooking fresh. I love it when you suggest unusual things to try.

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Courtney February 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

I do have a hard time repeating dishes, which makes for some very … interesting meals sometimes. But talk about keepin’ it fresh…. I’d say the fresh produce at Daisy Maes Market trumps me on that one!

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Barb February 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

You are too sweet! Keep spreading the good word about Daisy Mae’s Market. The more activity we can drum up, the more variety we can carry. Thanks again!

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