Bedfordshire’ Chilli specialist awarded £40,000 grant from BRCC to develop new Edible Kitchen
Bedfordshire’s celebrated chilli specialists, Joanna and Shawn Plumb of Edible Ornamentals, have been awarded a major grant in excess of £40,000 to create an Edible Kitchen.
This new facility will open in early May to provide refreshments and light lunches for the many people who visit the chilli specialist nursery.
The Edible Kitchen is the next stage in the development of the Chawston nursery as one of the UK’s leading specialist chilli centres, attracting more people to visit the county, and will create at least two new job opportunities within the local community.
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity is the leading community development agency working across Bedfordshire supporting and developing strong, thriving local communities, and creating opportunities for enterprise and job creation. The Rural Development Programme for England is funded by Defra and the EU.
Joanna said, “We have established Edible Ornamentals as one of the UKs leading experts in growing and supplying superb fresh chillies and now grow over 100 different varieties including the world beating super-hot Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. People from all over the country visit us to buy chilli peppers and plants and ask our advice on all aspects of growing and cooking with fresh chillies.”
“There are currently no catering facilities on site, so the Edible Kitchen will mean that all our visitors, whether local or from far away, can not only relax with a cup of tea or coffee but will be able to enjoy a light lunch, freshly prepared from ingredients which we grow ourselves and pick fresh each day.”
The Edible Kitchen will continue the chilli theme, providing a range of dishes including Mexican, American and Sicilian fusion styles.
Joanna added, “We want all our visitors to enjoy a total chilli experience. The Edible Kitchen is a natural addition to the nursery which will not only provide food and refreshments, but show the versatility of chillies and how they can add that extra sparkle to a whole range of different culinary styles.”