Author: Gerald

Knowing ChiliCult’s Varieties: Shishito

Knowing ChiliCult’s Varieties: Shishito

The Shishito(u) pepper is, as I just recently wrote, in a strange position. As I want to start describing the varieties of ChiliCult, let me start with the Shishito pepper. After all, what is Shishito anyways?

Thoughts at a Farmers Market in Rural China

Thoughts at a Farmers Market in Rural China

The local farmers market in Jiubujiang, Hunan, again this summer. Again I can only show a few impressions; it would be just too silly to be standing, video camera in hand, in a place like this, babbling away.

“Frying Peppers”, or The Issue with Shishito Peppers

“Frying Peppers”, or The Issue with Shishito Peppers

Helping out at spring plant markets, shopping for foods at the supermarket, I could nicely follow how the popularity of the Spanish “frying peppers” Pimientos de PadrĂ³n developed over time.

Strangely, though, Shishito peppers remain hardly known, although they are quite similar. (more…)

The Poor Chile Pepper, or: How Chilli Did Not Make it into Fine Cooking

The Poor Chile Pepper, or: How Chilli Did Not Make it into Fine Cooking

The chile peppers are not considered a particularly classy spice (or considered in their diversity). The reason seems to be the interaction of its botanical characteristics with human psychology and attitudes: Chilli was so effective, it not only dethroned pepper (supposedly), but made spicy cooking […]

Coco Chocolatier “Haggis Spice” Review

Coco Chocolatier “Haggis Spice” Review

I haven’t written anything on the topic of “hot” chocolates in a while, but chocolates with special flavors (preferably from chile peppers) have long been an interest of mine. In fact, it may have been thanks to them that my interest expanded from the chile […]