Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spain is a Long Way from New Mexico

Aimlessly wandering about the net today I came across a picture of an unbelievable pizza with Padron peppers from Delancey in Ballard and I got curious about the little beauties.  The most famous produce of Padrón region of Spain are its peppers which today are also grown in Virginia for the Harris family of La Tienda.  Traditionally, these peppers are served seared in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Most taste sweet and mild but some are hot which gives a little excitement to the experience.  Usually, the peppers grown later in the year towards August or September contain more capsaicin and are hotter than the ones of June and July.  I can’t wait to give these a try.
 La Tienda, the best of Spain seem like very nice folks and what a fabulous selection of artisan and small family products from firms in Spain.  This is from La, About Us:
“Whenever possible, we seek small family-run businesses in Spain, many of whom are continuing food-making traditions that go back generations. In addition, we are sensitive to issues concerning sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and to the ethical treatment of animals. We hope to help our Spanish neighbors stay connected to the land and their traditions. In turn, we hope that you will enjoy in your home the authentic flavors of Spain that have enriched our lives.”  Chile Man will be dropping a couple bucks here.

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