The Terra Vita Grand Tasting on the Green was indeed fabulous, and relieved a bit of my pining for Austin’s food. It’s a lazy Sunday, though, and I’ve not enough energy to write about it tonight.
Instead, just a quick post in praise of peppers. Shishito peppers, that is!
You may or may not have caught in one of my recent posts how I ate them twice in Austin but didn’t know where they came from. Well, one of the places they’re grown is North Carolina!
Since I’ve missed visiting my favorite local farmers markets for the last few weeks I strolled through the North Hills market in the rain on Saturday. There’s a funky little vendor there — Edible Earthscapes — who always have interesting and unusual offerings. I planned to ask about Shishito peppers — and there they were, as if by magic!
I delightedly bought a container full, and beautiful okra, too. The young fellow manning the booth (the farmer, I’m assuming) assured me I’d like them as much with soy sauce as I enjoyed them in Austin with sea salt.
The okra was good, too. I like it much better whole, and not cooked to death — firmer and not gooey. I sauteed tonight’s batch in oil, ground coriander, cumin, ginger, salt and pepper.
Turns out that Shishito peppers are popular in Japan (home of my high school alma mater) , especially as beer snacks! The folks from Edible Earthscapes should know — according to their blog, they farmed in Japan before coming to North Carolina.
If you live in the Raleigh area, do yourself a favor: Be on the lookout for Shishitos and expand your pepper horizons.