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Have you tried Padrón Peppers?

Some are hot, some are not

11w ago
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Have you ever heard of Padrón peppers? They're quite a common dish here in Spain, they're served as a tapa on a big plate to share. Fried in olive oil, leaving the stem so you can use your hands to eat them, and sprinkled with coarse salt, these peppers are a delicacy.

But their distinctive flavour is not what made them famous. They grow in the municipality of Padrón, Galicia, northwestern Spain, and, depending on the weather conditions, while most of them have a mild, sweet flavour, 10-25% of them can be quite hot.

As they say in Galician language: "Os pementos de Padrón: uns pican e outros non." This translates to, "Padron peppers, some are hot, some are not".

Since it's nearly impossible to differentiate on the plate which one is hot, sharing this dish and waiting to see who gets the hot one is a fun part of the experience, like playing a game of pepper Russian roulette.

Have you ever tried them? If so, did you find the hot one?

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Comments (18)

  • Very interesting - I hope I get the chance to try these at some point!

      2 months ago
    • And I hope you get the hot one! Sadly I haven't been that lucky yet

        2 months ago
  • Never had them...if I come across some I will definitely try them.

      2 months ago
  • I have not, but they look suitably exotic

      2 months ago
  • That sounds pretty good. It gives me an idea; I think I'm going to surprise my wife with a tapas night for dinner!

      2 months ago
  • They look like the shishito peppers 🤔.

      2 months ago
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