Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review of Annie's San Marzano tomato

INCREDIBLE!  I don't know what took me so long to warm up to Roma tomatoes, and San Marzano definitely have a reputation for being the best, but WOW!  These little guys make the best sauce ever, and in about half the time.  Just a quick scald (3-4 minutes in boiling water) then cool, chop off the top and the skin slips right off.  Every bit of meat remains.  Finally a squeeze over the garbage bowl to remove seeds and into the blender.  The puree is so thick that it often gets stuck in the blender.  So much easier than beefsteaks, and the flavor is incredible.  I really want to try the San Marzanos grown in Italy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A hoppy ending to summer vacation

 A nice crop of hops, about the same as last year.  The flowers seem much bigger and fuller.  I am definitely glad I put up cotton lines. In ten minutes, with some hacking with a machete, the vines came right down.  About five gallons or so of fresh hops.

Pretty close to golf-ball-sized nuggets!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review of Chichen Itza Habanero

I don't know where the seeds came from.  I got plants for free at my local hot pepper expert supplier.  From what I read they are a hybrid habanero.

I have to share how excellent this variety has grown for me.  I have grown a lot of chinense peppers and this is one is a money-maker for the farmers markets.  By far the most prolific producer I have ever seen.  My relatively small, compact plants are LOADED with pods.  I counted 15 pods on one 10-inch branch!

Other advantages to this variety is that:

  • The pods are very large and attractive (standard hab orange)
  • The heat is milder at 100,000 to 180,000 scovilles 
  • Sweet and juicy 
  • Rapid vegetative growth
  • Early harvest