Peppadew sauce

This peppadew sauce is fermented to reduce the influence of anti-nutrients on the absorption of the rich variety of nutrients in the chilies.

In Mexico it is called a Sriracha but using much hotter-peppers.

Fermented peppadew sauce.

Ingredients

  • 300g peppadews
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 5 tsp honey divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 40ml unchlorinated-water
  • 125ml vinegar

Go for it

  1. Chop the peppers, removing stalks but keeping the seeds and placentas.
  2. Blend with the garlic, 1tsp honey and the zest; and the salt and water in a glass bottle.
  3. Cover loosely with a plastic-bag and store in cool, dark place. Stir daily.
  4. After a few days fermentation begins.
  5. Add the vinegar and blend again.
  6. Simmer for ten-minutes.
  7. When cool add 4 tsp of honey.
  8. Bottle.

If you are using very hot chilies then you may want to strain off the seeds before cooking.

A bucketful of peppadews.

Although it takes about 5-days to complete your spicy peppadew-sauce there is really no more than half an hour of work involved.

Peppadews are sweet and much less hot than many of their cousins, with a little over 1,000 Scoville Heat Units. Having said that, if anyone in the neighbourhood is growing chilies, then bees will cross-pollinate them and, on one plant, you can often have a whole array of spiciness.

Natural-honey is far superior in both flavour and nutrients but, once heated, it loses much of its value. So I recommend 1-teaspoon of the commercial kind in the initial batch that will eventually be brought to the boil.

Then add a few teaspoons of your special raw-honey once the peppadew sauce has cooled to provide just a little sweetness.

Anti-nutrients are chemicals that plants use to keep predators like humans away; from your peppadews for example. They inhibit the absorption of many of the minerals, and cause havoc in the intestines of some vulnerable people.

There is a crazy bunch of people out there who recommend avoiding all foods containing anti-nutrients; you certainly can't have peppadews, raw or cooked, then on a slice of wholemeal bread.

It is quite unnecessary. The influence of these anti-nutrients like phytic acid can be eliminated by fermenting them the way it has been done for thousands of years. That's why delicacies like kimchi and sauerkraut have arisen and continue to be eaten by large numbers of savvy people.

Enjoy your fermented peppadew sauce on sourdough-bread for a real treat.

Some like it hot; you can always toss in a few hotter-chilies if you like.

Probiotic

If you want to preserve your peppadew sauce for enjoyment throughout the year, then the second step using vinegar is important.

However our season lasts nearly six-months and so I have now taken to enjoying the fermenting peppadews from the second day; it acts as a wonderful probiotic, helping to maintain the friendly bacteria in the alimentary canal.

These bugs are hugely important helping to improve digestion, producing a wide array of vitamins and other vital chemicals like serotonin; acting as what today is being called the second-brain.


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Growing peppadews

Growing peppadews is not difficult, but they have a long growing-season and they do need to be staked. The weight of the fruit will break the branches and lying on the ground they will not ripen properly and turn red.

We grow a lot of different organic vegetables at our green home, but I have to say that peppadews are to my mind one of the most rewarding. They are extremely nutritious and brighten any meal with some spiciness but not enough heat to get your mouth and tomorrow your rear-end glowing.

They are the second richest source of vitamin-C, one of the four that will help prevent early frailty syndrome. Best of all perhaps is that they will turn a rather dull Eggs Florentine into a breakfast to remember.

Read more about it at Eggs Hilton. Our slogan is slow-food, made fast. It's very nutritious and a taste you will never forget. We enjoy it almost every day, and give it the credit for the fact we take absolutely no medication whatsoever in our eighth decade.

Of course it's not just what you get at the supermarket, we have free-range eggs; the hens roam in our organic garden where admittedly unless we are careful they can cause massive damage to our greens; they too know where the good stuff is to be found. Luckily they have little interest in the peppadews and the wonderful sauce they provide us.

Peppadew sauce

Peppadew sauce is a spicy sauce, easy to make, and often called Sriracha.

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