In this week’s box you will find Padrón Peppers, also known as Pimientos de Padrón in Castellano Spanish or pementos de Padrón in Galician. Padron peppers are originally from Mexico and have been cultivated for centuries by Galicians in Northwestern Spain.
The peppers are mostly grown in the valley of Herbón in Galicia, between June and September. Herbón citizens are still angry about the peppers being called Padrón peppers because they believe they are really from Herbón, a small town in the county of Padrón next to the river Ulla, which separates Coruña province and Pontevedra province. Every August a festival called the Festa do Pemento de Padrón in Herbón takes place in the carballeira of Herbón, a Franciscan convent. The Franciscan monks originally brought the pepper from the Mexican state of Tabascao in the 16th century.
Gallegos, people from Galicia, are super proud of their culinary traditions and their peppers. There is a famous saying in Galicia that reflects the roulette that is eating the peppers because about one in ten are spicy and you can’t tell which ones will be. “Os pimentos de Padrón, uns pican e outros non,” which translates to: Some are hot and some are not. Gallegos say that the ones that are grown later in the season (August and September) are spicier than the ones grown earlier (June and July) and typically the larger peppers are spicier.
We planted padron seeds that our friend Dean brought back from Galicia where he got them from his grandmother who has been growing them for years.
Buen provecho (Spanish) or Bo proveito (In Galician) !