Never too early to start thinking about gardening. At the end of last year, I had some ripe bell peppers left on the vine. I decided to try drying these out in my smoker, then grinding for paprika. While Hungarian paprika peppers are the most coveted, my research told me any sweet pepper could be dried for paprika.
It worked so well, this year I am expanding my garden to include 12 different kinds of peppers for drying and smoking to create a flavor and heat profile. I have ordered my seeds and plan on starting them inside in a few weeks. They include:
And a 7-pepper collection including
Beaver Dam Pepper: Bull Nose Bell Pepper: Chiltepin Chile: Datil: Fish Pepper: New Mexico Native Chile, Chimayo: Sheepnose Pimento:
So let the 2010 gardening season begin....