Pimientos de Padrón – Russian Roulette Tapas

by Hot Juan on August 30, 2009 · 6 comments

in General Information, Recipes

Pimientos de Padrón

Pimientos de Padrón

A speciality of North West Spain the Pimientos de Padrón has a unique genetic twist, between one in five and one in ten are hot. Originally brought by 18th Century Franciscan Monks from Mexico to the North Western Spanish monastery of Convento Franciscano in an town called Padrón in the Galicia region of Spain.

In on the first Sunday in August the village of Herbon (near Padron) has a “Pepper” festival to celebrate the famous pepper in produced in the surrounding fields.

Pimientos de Padrón make a very popular tapas dish, they are fried in a very hot pan with a little olive oil, until they start to blister and soften, they are then sprinkled with rough sea salt and then eaten whole, holding them carefully by the stalk.

Found this example of how to cook them on YouTube

In the UK they are normally available from available Mid July to the end of November

They can be obtained in the UK via Mail Order/Online , we purchased ours from Dry River Chillies but they are also and The South Devon Chilli Farm.

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avatar Hot Juan August 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

That is what I found, even then they are hot hellish hot, just fun to find a hot one. I tried to grow a few plants a couple of years ago and never got enough. Now I just buy them, they are addictive.


avatar streaky59 August 31, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I’ve never had a hot one yet.
I grew them last year, and if you leave them to ripen, every one of them is hot!


avatar burntrice August 30, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Going to give this a go at some point, i’m growing them this year but only have four peppers on my plant, fingers crossed i get a hot one.


avatar Hot Juan August 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Just cooked some while watching the GP, it a great little snack, as you can cook it in the time it takes to make a pit stop.


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