Uses for Ornamental Peppers

UncleJohn(z4 NH)October 13, 2005

I have been contemplating possible uses for my ornamentals. The Bolivian Rainbows and Pretty In Purples are quite similar: medium-small fruit, very hot, fairly thin skinned, lots of seeds.

Does anyone here use their ornamentals as edibles? If so, how?

I am considering pickling them (they would make beautiful pickles), but they have so many seeds that I would need to seed each first.

Drying them would be another option; I suppose I could seed them fairly easily after they have been dried.

Finally, they might be good for hot sauce (the vinegar type).

Any ideas?

-John

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john47_johnf(Maine z4/5)

I just dry small peppers and grind them whole, seeds and all.

John

    Bookmark   October 13, 2005 at 3:00PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

UJ

I dry the small ones then crush them and then seperate the seeds

    Bookmark   October 13, 2005 at 6:06PM
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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

Just to be clear: you dry and crush even *ornamental* peppers (as opposed to other small peppers like Thai.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 6:22PM
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john47_johnf(Maine z4/5)

Sure. Most of the small peppers--ornamental or otherwise are used mostly for heat.

john

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 6:39PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

UJ

Yes, it's a royal PITA to try to seperate seeds from a small pepper, Drying and crushing can say you hours of prep time

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 7:09PM
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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

Yeah, I was amazed at how packed full of seeds the Bolivian Rainbows and PIPs are. They are basically balls o' seeds.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 8:12PM
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barrie2m_

Many of the ornamentals will practically dry on the plant if you allow it. But to keep them flowering it is best to remove the peppers as soon as they start to shrivel. Drying and crushing with the stem removed would allow for the most diversified uses: pizza seasoning, sauses, salad flavoring.

Some peppers like the pretty purple might lend themselves well to making fancy hors d'oeuvres if you want to take the time to stuff them. for a practical use ornamental I always preferred Treasures Red. It has a chile pepper size and heat. Many of the smaller fruited types are just too much work for the return.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 4:03PM
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Barbaraga(GA 7a)

I haven't tried this with the small ornamentals though it's a thought. A mixture of colors might be pretty too.

I pack green tabascos whole in a shaker bottle (like a soy sauce bottle) and fill the bottle with a hot brine (ratio: 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 level teaspoon of salt) brought to a boil just before adding to the bottle. Let sit overnight and then refrigerate.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2005 at 7:45PM
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kathi_mdgd

I have had the dark purple(almost black) ornamentals for the past 3 years.I grew them because i really liked their color,never dreaming they would re-seed themselves.The plants are gorgeous,and while i and my family don't eat them,my neighbors do,so i allow them to come and pick whatever they want.
kathi

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 9:31PM
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Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)

John,
As long as your *ornamental peppers* are actually a Capsicum sp. they are edible...for instance Jerusalem is sometimes labled "Ornamental Pepper". Both belong to the family Solanaceae, but the later is NOT edible.

Vera

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 12:09AM
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Vera_EWASH(z5 EasternWA)

...that should have said Jerusalem Cherry :)
and the scientific name: Solanum pseudocapsicum

Vera

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 9:35AM
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forestelves

Hello, I'm wanting to trade for Ornamental Pepper seeds to see if the peppers are good compost plants and a nice pretty indoor plants.

[P.S. I want a dried pepper to make shur it's a cone looking pepper, not round cherry looking pepper like the peppers of the Chrstimas Cherry and Jerusalem Cherry.]

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 8:21PM
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forestelves

Never mind I bought some ornamental peppers by a catalog.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 8:25PM
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byron(4a/5b NH)

FWIW

Jerusalem Cherry and false Jerusalem Cherry are toxic until red ripe

    Bookmark   December 15, 2005 at 8:34PM
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forestelves

Ornamental Peppers are pepper when they are ripe and don't turn pink, orange, and then red?

I think the catalog I ordered from missed named there pepper?

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 10:32PM
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