“Do small things with great love.”
- Sweet Corn – All Shares
- Melon – All Shares
- Summer Squash and/or Zucchini – All Shares
- Peppers – All Shares
- Mini Tomatoes – All Shares
- Slicing Tomatoes – All Shares
- Radishes – All Shares
- Basil – All Shares
- Red Potatoes – Full Shares Only
- Cucumbers – Full & Single Shares Only
- Eggplant – Single & Half Shares Only
This week, we’re weighing in some lightweights and some heavy hitters on the scale…and that scale is the Scoville Scale.
Peppers are our Crop of the Week this week and in your boxes, you should find quite the variety of our little guys, each with their own unique flavor and level of intensity for your taste buds.
Starting off with the no heat peppers at 0 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), we have our Bell Peppers and Sweet Sunrise. These can both be eaten raw and are known for their sweet flavors, once the colors begin changing. While most of the Bell Peppers you will be receiving are more on the green side, they are high in Lutein, which is absent from ripened Bell Peppers and can help improve eye sight, protecting your retina and cutting the risks of both cataracts and macular degeneration. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Sweet Sunrise, known for their sunrise like colors once they begin to ripen. These also have no heat and are much sweeter than the green Bell Pepper.
Next up, between 500-1,000 SHU we have the Beaver Dam Peppers. A pepper you may have received a couple of times already, these are about the same level as pimento peppers and add just a tiny kick of heat. Practice on raising your Scoville intake with these peppers and you’ll graduate to the next level: The Jalapeno.
From 1,000-10,0000 SHU, the Jalapeno has quite the range of heat. Unfortunately, we didn’t have very many to give this time around, as they’ve just began to ripen, but soon, you will get the opportunity to try this very well known pepper and see if you’re able to handle the jump to our first heavy hitter.
Between 30,000-50,000 SHU we have our Purple Cayenne Peppers, known not only for their beautiful, vibrant purple color, but their delicious taste and their high heat. Cayenne are part of the nightshade family, such as Bell Peppers and Jalapenos, and are full of anitoxidants and Capsaicin, the main reason why you’re tasting different levels of heat in each pepper in the first place.
Another of the Cayenne family with almost double the strength at 80,000 SHU, we have the Red Flame, with a color and level of heat to match its name. Cayenne peppers have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties and beneficial nutrients. Just five grams of cayenne contains Vitamins A, E, C, B6, and K among other antioxidants and are great for boosting metabolism, lowering blood pressure and many more benefits.
And last, but most certainly not least, is our crinkled Habanero. Sharing a similar color with the Red Flame, these little guys are our hottest peppers, ranging from 100,000-350,000 SHU. Like the cayenne in the lower SHU levels, these peppers are capable of helping fight weight gain and even help prevent cancer because of their high levels of Vitamins A & C. But practice caution with these levels of Capsaicin! Many who are not connoisseurs of such high levels of heat could experience nausea , abdominal pains or vomiting!
Whether you’re looking for the multitude of health benefits or you’re just a daredevil seeking a reason to sweat a bit, peppers have quite the spectrum for you to explore and we hope you enjoy the range of heat we’ve provided for you to taste test and potentially expand your horizons to subtler or hotter levels.
Some recipes to try: