China has a thing with the color red. It’s not only conspicuous, it’s also considered auspicious, and so it’s everywhere. Good thing that the chile pepper is so nice and shiny red; it sometimes seems like that alone made it so particularly popular in China. […]
Know Thy Chilli
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 Padrón developed over time. Strangely, though, Shishito peppers remain hardly known, although they are quite similar.
“Foodies” have finally made a (very) few inroads into the fun-crazed, pleasure-suspicious puritanism that is the USA, and it’s immediately become popular to criticize their supposed snobbery. Let me tell you something: Sure, it doesn’t have to be eggs Benedict for breakfast and boeuf bourgignon […]