Friday, September 25, 2009

pick and pack a peck of perfect peppers

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At the end of the growing season, it is time to reflect upon what crop was outstanding. This summer was the "year of the pepper" at the riverrim. They have grown to perfection. It is time to pick. AGAIN.

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It does not take long to fill my basket (which btw used to hold blue claw crab or clams when we lived near the bay, but works just as well for peppers now that we live near the river). The fruit makes a satisfying "snap" when plucked from the bush. The glossy skin of the pepper shines as if polished. I fill the basket and feel thankful for the bounty. I think back to the month of February, when I planted the seeds. It was cold, snowy outside as the seeds germinated next to the warmth of woodstove. It took a full seven months to grow the peppers from seed to fruit.

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The dictionary defines a peck as: A unit of dry volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System equal to 8 quarts or approximately 537.6 cubic inches. A unit of dry volume or capacity in the British Imperial System equal to 8 quarts or approximately 554.8 cubic inches.

What do you think, did I pick a peck? We raised sweet peppers this year. Of the genus Capsicum and family solanaceae..which includes the deadly nightshade, potatoes, and tobacco, ....this should not be confused with the plant piper nigrum --the one that produces the black peppercorn seeds.

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Back in the house and ready to pack....starting at the top with "Audrey's" Lemon Yellow..clockwise to Green Bell, Sweet Hungarian Fryers, Green Pimento, and Rellanos for stuffing...

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Slice, dice, pack and freeze...I notice YO's inside the pepper! and my knitting calls to me!

10 comments:

elizabeth said...

I love peppers. Seven months? I"ll have to remember that next spring, or rather, winter!

Lynn said...

Lace inside the peppers! I love the collision between fiber and your garden - thanks for sharing that!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh, now you will be having me look inside my peppers. Wonderful looking peppers too. I love the colors in the first photograph.

BlueTulips said...

Great pepper harvest! You will enjoy them when the snow is flying.

Manise said...

Love the lace observation! My favorite is finding a sprouted seed inside that has started growing a pepper appendage from within. This was the year of pepper failure for me. Too much rain. Love your photos.

Sharon said...

LOL, we also have the 'year of...' here!!! The fun of growing stuff isn't it. You never know what will be the big crop! Looking forward to the growing season here.

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Your peppers look yummy and what lovely shades of green.

Judy said...

This has been the best year ever for peppers. My plants are still blooming! I have extra cherry bomb peppers if you want them!!!

Cathy said...

You are giving me the urge to garden veggies...

Re:previous post - our state, too, has had a bear problem. More then likely, with all the rain (not enough food) and the developments (along the corridors with bear food), it should be accurately referred to as the bears have a big human problem.

Bears scare me... I don't want the slogan "a fed bear is a dead bear" refer to the fact it learned to prey on humans.

The Gingerbread House said...

Cyndy your peppers look beautiful, makes me want to stuff some for supper...what a nice harvest..I'm jealous :o(...I didn't get a pepper after all the hard work...
Ginny

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