When we lived in France we grew Piment Doux des Landes, a mild pepper that
was delicious sautéed in olive oil. Last
year Paul was unable to find these plants in the UK so he was delighted when he
managed to source some seeds from Fothergills, a well known seed supplier. The plants have done well in the potager
although the peppers have remained quite small, not long and thin like the ones we are familiar with.
Today Paul decided to crop some of the peppers and prepare a special lunch for Kat. It was going to be a real feast with home made bread, charcuterie and cheese. I dipped the bread into the oil that he had fried the peppers in, savoured the flavour and immediately started to cough and splutter. “Don’t eat the peppers!” I shouted.
I drank a whole glass of water to douse the burning sensation. Paul was mortified. The mild peppers that we expected from Piment Doux des Landes were definitely not doux! They are red hot chillies!