Hot News: Chile Pepper Festival in Stamford with Samples!!

12 Sep

Handy dandy guide to chile heat from Eat More Chiles…

They fight inflammation.

They naturally relieve pain.

They provide cardiovascular benefits.

They clear congestion.

They boost your immunities.

They can help you to lose weight.

These are just some of the major health advantages of eating peppers, according to The World’s Healthiest Foods.  But, we know the major reason why we love chiles…we love to torture ourselves, we love the pain.  And, depending on how sadistic we are, we might like mildly spicy peppers or burn your face off level peppers like the Ghost Chile Pepper, aka Bhut Jolokia.

And, guess what?  You’ll have a chance to meet the Ghost Chile Pepper tongue to tongue on Sunday, 9/22 from 12-3 pm at the Tully Healing Garden located outside of the Tully Health Center at 32 Strawberry Hill Court in Stamford.  During that time you’ll be able to take part in the Second Annual Chile Pepper Festival which is a completely free event.

First off, there will be some great food to try out from Coromandel, Fiesta, and Hoardable Hot Sauce.  Also, stop by at 1 pm for a demo on how to make guacamole with jalapenos and 2 pm for a demo and tasting of a Thai papaya salad made with Thai peppers.  During this time, kids can also get in on the action by learning how to pickle their own cucumbers.  They can add peppers if they like, too.

You can take a tour of the garden and get some gardening advice from Ganga Duleep who is an instructor from Bartlett Arboretum.  While you’re going through the garden, you’ll also get to pick your own peppers (Peter Piper, you’re not invited)!

Here are the chiles that you can pick, matched with their Scoville heat units (source):

Ghost Pepper:  1,001,304

Jamaican Scotch Bonnet:  200,000

Habanero:  350,000

Cayenne:  50,000

Serrano:  23,000

Jalapeno: 8,000

Thai Hungarian Paprika:  100-500

Peruvian Rocoto:  50,000-100,000

Peruvian Aji:  10,000

Korean Gochujang:  ???

So, turn up the heat (maybe it will actually be cold by the 22nd?) and head over to the Tully Healing Gardens for some spicy goodness.  And, in the meantime, we’re wondering what’s the spiciest pepper that you’ve ever tasted.  For us, it’s the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet.  We just bought a hot sauce that is made with Scorpion peppers (now the hottest pepper ever at around 1.2 million SHU), but we’re honestly very scared to try it.

5 Responses to “Hot News: Chile Pepper Festival in Stamford with Samples!!”

  1. Nelson F. Martinez September 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    “Some Like It HOT…ALWAYS” We’re SOOO there this is SWEET…I mean HOT!!! It helps Coromandel Indian Restaurant will be there!!


  2. talkavino September 12, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    That sounds like fun! I have to do it! The hottest pepper I had was probably Habanero.

    Scorpion pepper, huh? Sounds pretty scary at 1.2M…


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Habanero is still very spicy when you compare it to the spicy jalapeno. Think of it…how many times hotter it is! And, don’t even get started with the Scorpion! We got the Scorpion hot sauce and with it came an actual Scorpion pepper. We’ll have to post a picture of it later. It’s really sick and scary. :)



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