Harvesting the First Big Batch of Habanero Peppers
Yesterday afternoon I harvested the first big harvest of habanero peppers. So, today I'll be making Habanero Gold with fresh peppers. (Last week I made two batches with peppers frozen last year.)
Last night I made Cherry-Habanero Jelly and it does have that sweet fruity/hot pepper flavor blend that tricks you by starting you with the sweet flavor followed by the sudden realization that it is hot! I made this particular batch because of friend of ours has a birthday this week and she like Cherry-Pepper jellies.
I harvested enough habs to make a few batches of jelly, and many more are half-ripe and will be ready in a few more days. I'm trying to stay on top of the pepper harvest by using them fresh, jellying them, drying them or roasting/freezing them pretty much daily so that I don't end up with a big pile of peppers on the counter......
So far, it is working out perfectly. I've had two huge jalapeno harvests and have canned about 3 or 4 dozen jars of them so far, and now the habs are ripe when I've just finished processing a large batch of jalapenos. I hope they manage to keep ripening at opposite times so I'm not overwhelmed with too many at once.
Is anyone else harvesting many hot peppers yet?