The British tabloid Daily Express reported last week that chilli pepper sales are up 600%! Of course, there is no citation for this statistic and no quoted source other than chilli farmer Salvatore Genovese who claims he ships out half a million pods a week of ‘Dorset Naga’, a superhot variety very similar to ‘Naga Jolokia’. I suspect both these numbers are highly exaggerated and suggest that the Express stick to its usual expertise: pin-ups and gossip.
Morton released its Hot Salt in 2004 and because I don’t use much salt, I had never tasted it until yesterday when Barbe Awalt gave me a plastic jar of it. I have decided that it is perfect with butter for baked potatoes. It’s salt plus chipotle and cayenne powder, and it would make a good rub for grilled chicken in a pinch.
I don’t particularly care for green jalapeños, so for fresh salsas I grow serranos, and my two plants are simply covered with pods. To the left is my favorite photo of serranos, which I took in the summer of 1989. Mary Jane uses them in her Mexican-style (rather than New Mexican-style) tomatillo enchiladas.