Oh, and dmj... I'll be happy to fix you up with some seeds if need be, just Dmail me. I've been playing catch-up with everything lately... finally managed to post some tomato & basil SASBE offers a couple weeks ago, but I still don't have my extra pepper seeds all packaged up... was hoping to have a SASBE offer posted for them by last month! Well, all those extra seeds will still be perfectly viable for next season, so I'm not going to feel *too* guilty about it.
edited to say, whoops, didn't mean to post that photo again!
BTW, don't be alarmed when the variegation starts showing up... it can make odd little streaks & splotches... freaked me out last year when it appeared on my pepper seedlings, busy checking for bugs etc until I realized it was on the Fish Peppers, which were *supposed* to be variegated!
The variegation is just starting to show on mine this week, which is what reminded me to mention it to you...
Here's a photo of Fish Pepper seedlings last year, showing the coloring on the leaves:
Me, too! I just hope I have the benefit of seeing them live and in person. I'm not have great luck with germination this season - first I put the plugs in the starter tray upside down, then I fried a few with my new "system", now I'm trying again... YIKES! (How much you want to bet I still end up with more seedlings than I can possibly use??? LOL! OSeedD - to borrow a newly coined phrased form a fellow DG'er!)
I have a dozen tomaotes potted up - with 30 germinated so far, they can stop now! (Thought there are still some that haven't germinated that I REALLY must have.) 2-3 peppers that look about ready for potting up, and another 10-11 have popped up. Again, that's sufficient if they stop now. EP's - zip! What's up with that? Fortunately there's still time to plant a few more, but this is 2 batches so far. Grrrr!
Now that everyone (but me) has had these for a few years, is it a pepper you grow every year? What is the heat level? If you had to compare it to another pepper, which one is closest? Has anyone smoked Fish peppers? Any recipe ideas?
I grow them every year. I use them pretty much where I'd use Cayenne -- to my tongue, the heat (type and level) is similar, and I love the extra sweetness these have (when red).
They were traditionally used to spice up fish and seafood dishes, hence the name. I used a bunch in hot sauce recently... similar to the "Leapin Lizard" sauce recipe I posted in my "Some Like it Hot!" article... I called this one "Amblin' Armadillo." :-)
Nope, never smoked them... but you know what they say, "Smoke 'em if you got 'em!"
You know how many hot peppers I like to grow. I think if I could grow only one, it would be Fish Pepper, although Hot Portugal comes in as a close second -- it's also one I can add to just about anything (milder heat and also nice for adding that sweet flavor). The sweetness of a red Fish Pepper is similar to the rich taste of a sweet red bull's horn pepper, plus of course it's got that great burst of heat.
DH begs to differ. If he could grow only one pepper, it would be a large and extra-hot jalapeno variety.
This is my third year growing Fish and I'll keep on growing them. They are a little hotter than the jalapeno I grow. I finally convinced DS to try them in his curry paste and he liked the results. (And we liked the resulting meal.) I have frozen and dried some, both good. And I use fresh in salsa. The plants are pretty, too. Some get more variegated than others.
Looks like I'll be trying these again next year. Aside from the Pont du Paris sweet peppers and Ace Hybrid Bells, I had a dismal pepper year. Think I'll go back to the tried and true hots: Bulgarian Carrot, Equadorian Gumdrop, Paper Lantern and Fish. Maybe a Fatalli, Peter, and Cherry Bomb to boot! I don't use alot of hot peppers, but I do love theones with alot of flavor and good looks!
I love the fish pepper and have grown them for years, I crossed them with a Thai Dragon a few seasons back, and for the last 3 years, we have had a stable cross, they are very hot, red, long...and have a yellow stripe...The fish will mature to red, but not like these babies!