Thin-skinned and mild when 1-1.5″ and gaining spice when larger. Even though we often smoke ourselves out of the kitchen cooking these Spanish tapa peppers, padrones are a favorite flavor of summer. Like our local chefs, we cut them in half, clean out the seeds, and fry them in hot oil until the skins bubble and brown. Then they get sprinkled with salt and dipped in aoili or mayo. Our taste buds are left moderately fried, but immensely happy. They both sweeten and spice up when red, but are traditionally eaten small and green, making them a perfect early pepper for short growing seasons or mild climates. Similar to shishito peppers but larger, darker and spicier.
Days to Maturity: 60
Start indoors mid-March through early May.
Optimal soil temperature for germination is 85°.
Seed depth: ¼”. Maintain temp around 70° for healthy growth.
Plant spacing: 12-18”. Row spacing: 18-36”.
Harden off before transplanting. Plant in full sun.