Pepperfest 2014


It’s that time of year again, time for the Festival de Chiles . This year on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at The Darn Hot Pepper Farm [825 Vines Road, Cobden, Il] We’ll be celebrating again. Visit us between 11 am to 5 pm and get ready for hot pepper product sampling, Music by Carter and Connelly a wide variety of Spicy food vendors, the large selection of fresh peppers in Southern Illinois and some wonderful Arts and Crafts from local Vendors. Entry Fee is Adults $4.00 , children under 12 free. For information call 618-893-1443 and follow us on Facebook for more details.

Family, Food and Fun

The festival will have all the Jiménez clan working from sun-up to sun-down, picking peppers, making fresh salsa and homemade jams jellies and processed chile pepper products, stringing up ristras, giving cooking classes, walking tours of the pepper fields to show folks the many varieties of hot peppers in bloom.

Meeting all our friends and customers and sharing good food, music and smiles is what makes Pepperfest so great and why this year we expect hundreds people to attend the festival.

Hope to see you there!

What is the Scoville scale all about?

From wikipedia:

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. The number of Scoville heat units(SHU) indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes; pure capsaicin has a Scoville rating of 16,000,000 SHU.

The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. The modern commonplace method for quantitative analysis uses high-performance liquid chromatography, making it possible to directly measure capsaicinoid content.

Here is a list of Chile peppers and their Scoville Heat Units. Due to variations in growing conditions, soil and weather, peppers tend to vary between the lower and upper levels listed, but can go beyond them.

Chile Pepper Profile #12 – Pepperoncini

Pepperoncini (or peperoncini) are a variety of the species Capsicum annuum, like bell peppers and chili peppers. They are also known as Tuscan peppers, sweet Italian peppers and golden Greek peppers. more…

Chile Pepper Profile #11: Mirasol

Mirasol means ‘looking at the sun’ in Spanish and describes the erect nature of the pods which grow on a compact plant. The pods are 3 to 5in in length and can be used both fresh and dry. At about 5,000 scoville heat units, these peppers…
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