South African Peppadews
Bold, Red and Pure Gold for New Jersey
“The first truly new fruit to be launched on the world market since Kiwi Fruit some 30 years ago, the story of the Peppadew® Sweet & Spicy Fruit is as intriguing and endearing as its taste.
Just a few short years back, businessman and farmer (J.S.) was looking around the garden of his holiday home in the Eastern Cape in South Africa when he spotted an unusual looking bush, standing head high, laden with small bright red fruit which looked like something between miniature red peppers and cherry tomatoes.” – Peppadew® USA North American Culinary & Educational Center for the Peppadew Fruit, www.peppadewfresh.com.
CAPTION: In South Africa, where the woman upper right is pictured gathering Peppadew® peppers from the lush farmlands of the Tzaneen area of South Africa, a stew like the Chicken, Sausage and Peppadew Stew, left, is called a “potjiekos.” Peppadew peppers, in the white bowl bottom right, only look like cherry tomatoes – their taste is piquant and tangy, with just a bit of heat. Photo credit, upper right, Peppadew® USA.
A new U.S. agribusiness began last year in New Jersey, when the United States Department of Agriculture awarded Peppadew Fresh LLC a $259,625 Value Added Working Capital Grant (the largest in the history of the state) enabling company president Pierre Crawley to expand production and distribution of Peppadew® Goldew fruit and process them under the “Jersey Grown” program. Crawley’s Morganville, New Jersey 15-acre farm was selected as the focal point of Peppadew® USA (The North American Culinary & Educational Center for the Peppadew® Fruit), because of its similarity to the property in South Africa where Peppadew peppers were originally found 16 years ago. (For the full Peppadew story visit www.Peppadewfresh.com.) Since being discovered, Peppadew peppers have made its way onto the culinary scene in a variety of recipes and in an ever-increasing number of dishes appearing on restaurant menus around the world. Prized for their special piquant tangy/sweet flavor, chefs enjoy using Peppadews for their stimulating flavor, crunchy texture and vivid good looks. For those of us who use the peppers at home, we love them in sandwiches and salads, stuffing with cheese for appetizers or as ingredient in soups, main dishes and more. If you don’t know whether you’ve ever eaten a Peppadew, then chances are you haven’t. The taste is not easily forgotten and once you’ve eaten one, you’ll be looking for more. Depending where you live, Peppadew peppers can be hard to locate but you can find Peppadews via the Peppadew Fresh website at www.peppadewfresh.com, at www.peppadew.com, or other outlets such as www.amazon.com.
Kitchen Ade Note: The last time I checked, peppadewfresh.com was offering a case of Peppadew® Mild Peppers or Peppadew® Hot Peppers (12, 14-ounce jars) for $39, with free shipping to the 48 contiguous states. At just $3.25 a jar, if you can’t use 12 jars yourself, grab a friend, and split them. Besides these varieties, you’ll find sweet and sour Peppadew® Goldew Peppers, as well as many other Peppadew products.
Chicken, Chorizo and Peppadew Stew
Adapted from “Chicken Chorizo and Peppadew® Stew,” by Cook Sister,
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CAPTION: Serve Chicken, Chorizo and Peppadew Stew with fluffy mashed potatoes, rice or creamy polenta.
1 whole chicken (about 3½ pounds), cut up
1½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more, to taste
5 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 bell peppers (1 each, red, yellow and green), cored, seeded and sliced
1 (9-ounce) package chorizo sausage, sliced
3 (14.5) cans stewed tomatoes, any variety
1 tablespoon smoked paprika (I like Fresh Market brand)
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
10 Peppadew® Mild Whole Sweet Piquanté™ Peppers, thinly sliced
4 bay leaves
1 (12-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Cut the chicken into 9 pieces, then season with 1½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the oil until hot (do not allow to smoke). Working in batches, add the chicken pieces, skin side down, and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned on all sides. Transfer to a platter, draining on paper towels; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium, adding butter to pan. When butter begins to foam, stir in onion, garlic, bell peppers and sausages, sautéing until vegetables are soft. In a mixing bowl, combine the stewed tomatoes, paprika and thyme; stir to blend. Add chicken back into the pot, along with stewed tomatoes mixture. Add Peppadew peppers and bay leaves; cover and simmer, gently stirring the sauce and turning the chicken occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Adjust seasonings, as necessary and serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Blue Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Peppadews with
Pomegranate Molasses Drizzle
CAPTION: Tangy and bursting with flavor, Blue Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Peppadews with
Pomegranate Molasses Drizzle are as colorful as they are tasty.
1 (4.4) ounce package Castello® Extra Creamy Danish Blue Cheese
12 Peppadew® Mild Whole Sweet Piquanté ™ Peppers
2 Peppadew® Mild Whole Sweet Piquanté™ Peppers, thinly sliced
Chopped walnuts, for garnish
Savory Spice Shop® Pomegranate Molasses, for drizzling (see purchasing information below)
Dividing equally, stuff cheese into the Peppadew peppers. Garnish with some of the chopped walnuts, then top with a strip or two of the pepper. Drizzle lightly with the pomegranate molasses. Makes 6 servings, two peppers each. Kitchen Ade Note: Balsamic vinegar reduction may be substituted for the Pomegranate Molasses. To prepare: Over medium high heat, bring 2 cups of good quality balsamic vinegar to a boil. Lower heat and stir in ¼ cup granulated sugar and a pinch of salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook until reduced to about 1/3 cup.
Pomegranate Molasses purchasing information
CAPTION: The thick juice extracted from the inner seeds of the pomegranate is 100 percent pure pomegranate molasses
Find Pomegranate Molasses in 4.5 ounce ($4.50) and 9 ounce ($6.50) sizes at the Savory Spice Shop website, www.savoryspiceshop.com, 1-888-677-3322.