Ají Dulce and Culantro

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10/04/2015 -- So I haven't been here for a while... and I thought I'd share with you some updates on my plants. So this is the state of my plants, right now, as of Fall 2015. The ají dulce plant is now 1. I couldn't keep 3 very well, and the middle (tallest) plant, dropped some leaves, and did things to try to survive, so I took out the other two, and well, it's now huge. It's like this mini tree. It doesn't have many peppers at this time, as we took them out, and made tacos with them. They are indeed very smokey in taste, and really have no heat, but for a faint trace. They are level 1 on the Scoville heat scale. The culantro is doing well... So if you want some, please come get some. The lemon basil, and cilantro, are near the end of their season, so near being taken down and new plants planted. They are bolting, and less flavorful. The Holy Basil never took off very well -- it must not like sharing space with Lemon Basil or Cilantro, but Cilantro and Lemon Basil LOVE each other. I had so much cilantro all through the season. 3 pod fulls of wonderful goodness.

 

 

 

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Wow. Very cool. Thank you,

Wow. Very cool. Thank you, lizmariposa.

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In a food processor I make a

In a food processor I make a base where I throw in about 20 of them, some garlic, tomatoes, cubanelle or anaheim peppers, culantro (not cilantro), cubed cooking ham, and olive oil. I don't have a lot of exact quantities... but the 'sofrito' or cooking base it makes, I put in an ice cube tray, and freeze.. and then I use that in stewed beans, rice dishes, soups, stews of all kinds, etc. Culantro is a plant (which I am also growing) and is 3 times the strength of flavor as cilantro, but the flavor is a bit unique and not quite exact as cilantro... But you can sub for it by trippling the amount of cilantro... so, if you'd use like 5 leaves of culantro, then maybe use a bunch of cilantro. If you want your base to be more "green" based, add a bunch of tomatillos instead of tomatoes. 

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Oh, that sounds good! Do you

Oh, that sounds good! Do you cook something with them, or eat them raw?

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Yeah. They are sweet and

Yeah. They are sweet and smoky -- like a habanero, but without the heat. They are mild. 

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Oh, those are so pretty! Have

Oh, those are so pretty! Have you tasted them yet?

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Plant has about 20+ peppers

Plant has about 20+ peppers right now -- and yes, they are meant to be small... it's called 'ají chato' or flat pepper, they are just not much more than an inch.

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Well, I only had about 5 of

Well, I only had about 5 of them come out, because I had 3 plants planted. But now, the plant is growing, it already has at least one pepper growing, and about a million flowers going, so we'll see. It really has LOTS of flowers. 

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Beautiful, lizmariposa! The

Beautiful, lizmariposa! The aji dulce peppers sound wonderful - did they yield well?

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I updated the log bove, if

I updated the log bove, if anyone's noticed. :) 

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Pretty plants. Who's the

Pretty plants. Who's the garden gnome? smiley

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