Pepper Take Tips with Nelson Water Gardens & Nursery
Dany: People love growing peppers. My advice is, know what you’re buying. Get peppers you want to eat. Anita, you brought us some peppers to show us. What do we have here?
Anita: Well, I’m going to start from sweet to hot.
Dany: On the Scoville unit scale.
Anita: That’s right. This is the Carmen pepper and it would be 0. It’s a sweet pepper, like a bell pepper is.
Anita: But moving along to poblano peppers, which is about 1,000 in the Scoville units-
Dany: Oh, really?
Anita: … to 2,000.
Dany: Great for stuffing. Chile relleno pepper. Delicious.
Anita: My favorite dish. Then we have the Hatch pepper.
Dany: Speaking of, they do celebrations over this pepper.
Anita: Yes. Big festival every fall in New Mexico. Then we have … No, wait a minute. Sorry. Jalapeno peppers.
Dany: Oh, classic.
Anita: Classic pepper. Then this is about 8,000. And then the serrano peppers are anywhere from three to eight times hotter than the jalapeno.
Dany: Than the jalapeno. I love serrano peppers. The bright flavor. They’re easy to eat, easy to grow. These are one of my favorite pepper.
Anita: I’m going to try growing with them some more. But getting to even hotter peppers, the hottest that we have on the plate here-
Anita: … habaneros. These are so hot. I’ll tell a story. When I was a kid growing up, my mom came home from a shopping trip to three screaming children.
Dany: With their faces burning.
Anita: That’s right. Because these peppers were pretty, so they had to taste good, right?
Dany: Yes. I actually love all these peppers and they all grow really well in Houston. I’ve grown all of them except I haven’t tried the Carmen.
Anita: Would you like to try a taste?
Anita: Okay. Really sweet, and has a kind of an apple finish to it.