The habanero chili (Capsicum chinense) is one of the more intensely spicy species of chili peppers of the Capsicum genus. It is sometimes spelled (and pronounced) habañero—the diacritical mark being added as a hyperforeignism. Unripe habaneros are green, and they color as they mature. Common colors are orange and red, but white, brown, and pink are also seen. Typically a ripe habanero is 2–6 centimetres (0.8–2.4 in) long. Habanero chili peppers are rated 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale.
Union County’s annual “Pepperfest” will be held on September 3rd from 11AM -5PM at Rancho Bella Vista, 827 Vines Rd Cobden Illinois. Pepperfest has quickly become a favorite gathering for chile heads and hot pepper fans throughout the Midwest, with some people coming from as far as Washington DC and Seattle Washington.
- Southwest style cooking
- Live music featuring Carter and Connelley as well as Wil Maring
- “Fields of Fire” walking tour
- Salsa Limbo “How Hot can you Go”
- Save 10% on all purchases at our Farm Store
- $5.00 admission covers parking and pepper tasting
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 nearly 500 people to attend the festival.
Check out www.darnhotpeppers.com for more information.
Chile de arbol
The Chile de árbol (Spanish for tree chili) is a small, but potent Mexican chili pepper which is also known as bird’s beak chile and rat’s tail chile. These chilis are about 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) long, and 1⁄4 to 3⁄8 inch (0.63 to 0.95 cm) in diameter. Their heat index is between 15,000 and 30,000 Scoville units. The peppers are a bright red color when mature.
Only a few more weeks as we open on June 1. I know it is begining to be good weather and everyone is ready to get out of the house however the Pepper Farm Store is still closed for the season. Meanwhile we keep Bill at the Makanda Counrty Store well stocked with all our pepper jellies, salsas and spices. Visit Bill until you can visit us at the Farm.
By May we should be planting some 10 to 12,000 plants into the field.
It’s going to be hot in southern Illinois again. Guareented.