how to dry HOT PEPPERS ?

Irving, TX(Zone 8a)

I am starting to harvest my hot peppers: CHILE NUMEX JOE PARKER (6" long).
I'd like to dry them and hang them in the kitchen, like they do in Italy with strings ...
Does anybody know how to do it?

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Marine Parade, Singapore

You can use a needle and thread. Basically you knot the end of the thread as you would do in sewing, and then go through the fleshy part of the stalk, right at the base. A more tedious method would be to knot around every stalk rather than to use a needle. After you've done this you tie it to a hook on the ceiling or some rack (like the ones for hanging utensils).

Everett, WA(Zone 8a)

I haven't done the following to dry fresh peppers yet, but I store whole dried peppers in "organza bags" big enough to hold a wine bottle. The drawstring top lets me funble around for the ones I want.


Everglades, FL(Zone 10a)

I dry my peppers on the cheap wicker woven paper plate holders. The wicker helps draw out moisture and the loose weave offers great ventilation. rather then drying my peppers I like to make pepper relishes. I put a spoonful of a nice mix in a 1/4 cup of mayo for sandwiches the other day and it was fantastic. My neighbor puts my pepper relish in melted cheese dip for a nice zing. I even like tossed pasta, garlic, olive oil and pepper relish. Can ya tell I'm hooked on the stuff!?
Now my peter peppers are ready to "create" a recipe for!
This year (now as soon as I'm done pruning bushes) I hope to start about 10 seed trays of various peppers from not heat to el-scortcho.
The cachucha pepper is my treasure- a great tasting little pepper with beautiful flavor. It's hard to find so if you get it savour the seeds- they are hard to come by. I have only found them for sale in the Caribbean but I have Cuban relative that gave me some.

North Hills, CA

Cachucha/Aji Dulce/Trinidad Perfume/Trinidad Seasoning and other similar Pepper seeds are sold by a few vendors.

If you want to buy seeds...

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

drthor? research humidity requirements - even when strung they require super dry conditions to keep them from molding after strung, like garlic braids but MUCH more sensitive to moisture...

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

I have "Ghost peppers" I want to dry, whole,could I dry them in a dehydrator, ????????

Everglades, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks for the pepper links, Smokey & Rick.

Everglades, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks for the pepper links, Smokey & Rick.
I planted new ghost peppers today & Jamaican Chocolates, both for the heat but the Jamaican Chocolate because I was told it's the "best ever" tasting pepper.
For my hubby who doesn't want heat but wants the flavor, I also planted today Trinidad Perfume ( a no-heat Habanero) & Fooled You Hybrid (no-heat Jalapeno)
I have more gardening to do but my tiny yorkie is having a gasp attack. I need to keep her in the AC for awhile- it's too hot out there for her. She'll freak out if I don't stay with her.
The American people out here go crazy for the Ghost pepper because they think it's the hottest pepper but not any more. It was the Trinidad Scorpion, but now it's the Moruga. Personally- I go for flavor.
Hey this is good for me! I am remembering things. Maybe because they interest me. I have a short term memory problem.

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