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Name That Plant! Week 5

Yes, it’s Friday, but that means we can still squeeze in a day of playing Name That Plant! There are all sorts of them just now perking up on the roof. Like these little, triangular peppers, with a vivid purple hue. They pack some pretty good heat, too.

It’s funny, because the seed package for them showed an array of different colors, just like Christmas tree lights. But for some reason both plants of these that have made it past flowering thus far have produced only purple fruits. How peculiar! But what a pretty color anyhow.

So, if you think you know the name of these bright, hot and PURPLE peppers, fire away! And if you have a good suggestion for how to use them next, I’d appreciate that, too. Pickled purple peppers sounds pretty good to me right now — they’re so fiery it would make a bright addition to a winter stew.

There are also medium-hot, mild and sweet peppers starting to produce greenish fruits now. I love the specific names for them all. This one has a name that could be that of a woman’s. I’ll keep clues to that for now before the guessing begins!

And I’ll hook up the first person to comment with the correct name of this plant with one of each of Sixpoint’s four-packs of cans. That’s right, a pack of Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action, The Crisp and Righteous Ale, no matter where you live. Let the guessing begin, and look forward to announcing a beer that will actually be made soon with a rooftop garden ingredient for inspiration…


Comment from Jess
Time July 15, 2011 at 6:56 am

Aurora peppers?

Comment from anait
Time July 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

i think they’re aurora peppers too, saw them when i was ordering my own seeds.

a suggestion for their use: perhaps make a pepper jelly out of them, a way to preserve their beautiful color. i’m sure you can find some good recipes out there.

Comment from r.
Time July 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Bolivian Rainbow?

Comment from Hagan
Time July 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

peruvian purple capsicum

Comment from joern
Time July 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Medusa, right? :-)

Comment from Alexa
Time July 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I thought they were Dancing Spirits but with the one clue I’m guessing they’re Aurora peppers, too.

Suggestion for how to use them: I’m not good w/spicy stuff, but you could use them in a homemade pasta sauce for a little kick. Or, as I saw in a google search, you could make a rub/spice mix w/them.

Comment from cathy
Time July 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Thanks all for the great suggestions! I just put one tiny one into a big bowl of potato salad, and it added just the perfect bit of heat. Anyway, they are indeed Aurora peppers, so Jess wins!

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