A blog about chillies, growing and the use of them.
I will introduce you to different chilli varieties, their taste and ways to use and grow them at home and garden.
Showing you that gardening is fun, and chillies look good in your garden!
I will write some good recipes for hotstuff, hotfood, sauces and sambal.
A good Chili con Carne recipe can make the day, or add some sambal oelek and herbs to your dinner to spice up your life!
Spicy food can be very good, and does not have to over the hill.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Korean chillies, forgotten fruits? Part 2
friend of mine from Korea Mr. Gunsoo Lim and I am sending seeds up and down the
He is keen
for superhot chillies, and I am looking for the ones that have a story to them
or that have history.
It is not
only that we send chilli seeds over the world; we also try to learn about each
other’s culture through our food and recipe’s.
So I have
gotten seeds from him from herbs, medicinal and for the kitchen, or a
combination of the two.
where we differ in culture too, for me Endive is a green, good cooked and raw.
Korean friend, his food is both food and good for something, be it health or
He got me
Garland Chrysanthemum or Golden Daisy, as a green to eat raw, be it good for
anything, I hate it.
is superb looking, good and healthy an all, not food in my mind.
got Korean Perilla from him as well, good for the soul and for the stomach.
are used for oil, and that oil looks a bit like sesame oil, that is why this
herb is called sesame leaf.
however does not taste like sesame at all.
leaf is an herb one shouldn’t miss out off, it is superb to drop in your stir
fry at the last moment, and has a fantastic smell and taste to it.
describe, I would almost say it is peppermint, without the pepper. Sort of like
the menthol is skipped in the herb, and the tastes behind that in peppermint
has gotten stronger by 5.
It has a
bit of sweetness about it, that you taste when it has just touched the pan for
a bit, raw it is more strong of taste.
showed me, they eat sesame leaf raw, folded as a parcel.
parcel, there is a clove of garlic, a piece of chilli, and a spoonful of soy
Have to try
that this year, a bomb of taste for sure!
Man this is
getting long, and I even haven’t started about the Korean chillies.
months of searching, my friend Mr. Gunsoo Lim had found 2 rare Korean chillies
and send me a note that he had something special, not saying what.
month later, he told me he had asked two farmers to send seed from special chillies,
which are not even for sale in the market or at seed stores.
To me it
sounded a bit strange, but later he told me, there were just a few farmers left
that grow them, as they aren’t commercial enough these chillies.
we’re talking aren’t we?
So he had
these farmers send seeds from east to west in Korean, from a very isolated
area, and that took its sweet time.
half the fun, so I read up on where these chillies come from.
pepper (Soobi cho) and the chilsoungcho (Chilsoung Cho) both come from a county
in the Gyeongsang province.
from the Yeongyang County (Yeongyang-gun); This an inland county in the
north-eastern area of North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
pepper is cultivated since the 1960s, with a hot and sweet taste.
chillies are susceptible to pests, so must be grown with great care.
They have a
low yield, and are now only grown in low numbers and small areas.
chillies were popular in the 1980s, and lately are hard to find.
chillies have the form of a Crucian carp. The taste of this pepper is mild and
the 2 very rare chilli seeds that came to me now about 2 months ago, and almost
proud to be here in Holland, they grow big and proud, and are the largest
plants I have now.
from Yeongyang, where people sing about their chillies, not joking it is true !
area difficult to access, Yeongyang is sometimes called an "inland
island". The county has the lowest population of all counties in North
Gyeongsang Province, being mountainous with deep ravines, and only 10 percent
of land is cultivable. The county is famous for its apples and chili peppers,
and is home to the Yeongyang Chili Pepper Experimental Station. From 1984, the
county has elected a "Miss Chili Pepper" to represent Yeongyang chili
The area is
also known as a centre of literature, with the tradition of scholars reading
and reciting poetry deep in the mountains. I love poetry!
this down, I see myself discovering this regent, eating their apples, chillies
and tasting their recipe’s.
After experiencing their great hospitality, and good food I will climb a
myself reciting my poetry, in the woods on the mountains in Yeongyang!