Tuesday 4 November 2014

Habanero Harvest

It seemed touch-and-go for a while there. After being very tricky to germinate and extremely slow-growing, the habanero eventually grew fruit. It then took literally months for the mature fruit to ripen. Some of the immature ones got red really quickly, but their flavour was undeveloped.
We waited.
And waited.
Eventually, when I was beginning to despair, we had a flush of orange, and then it was all on.  Then I realised that I was faced with a challenge. We are not chilli heads. We like a moderate amount of heat, not the intense fire of habaneros...

Paul's taken lots into work, and we've been eating lots more chilli than usual, but most recipes we make only use half, or one. Our tolerance is developing though! We've found that the habaneros have a lovely, fruity flavour and the heat lets go quite quickly - you don't have to gulp milk for hours afterwards.

The flavour goes best with Mexican and Caribbean flavours, as you'd imagine.
Mango avocado salsa
Jerk pork, rice & peas, and the mango salsa - excellent jerk paste recipe
Pork pibil nachos with pink pickled onions

Prawn coctel - like a bloody mary/prawn cocktail hybrid. Refreshing and delicious
Fish tacos - this with the innovation of using a mixture of hot fresh mackerel and smoked peppered mackerel fillet
I've also done a bit of preserving, with mixed results. Rachel Allen's Sweet Chilli Jam is absolutely lovely made with 4 deseeded habaneros. On the other hand I followed an American recipe for an apricot hot pepper jam which, weirdly, crystallised.

Later this week I've got another post featuring the habaneros, and I suspect there will be more before the harvest is over.

Hot sweet chilli jam with sour cream, roast chicken and potato wedges


Bettina Douglas said...

Very impressed that you grow habaneros - I am intimidated by their heat.

Joanne said...

Wow!! You've definitely been putting those habaneros to lots of good use!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Mother - me too! Although I am enjoying these. Paul decided he wanted to grow a different variety this year.

Joanne - we sure have! So many to get through!

Bettina Douglas said...

is there a recipe for the salsa? Mangos are in the shops here now.


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