My friend Melissa called me the other day and asked me if I’d like some green peppers. I don’t turn anything down, so I said, “Sure!” She asked, “How many do you think you want? A bushel or two?” I felt dumb as I asked how much a bushel is, “How many grocery bags full is that?” She estimated about four. I said, “I think one bushel would be good.”
Me and the kids hopped in the car and drove the country roads to our friend’s house. She really blessed us with a ton of beautiful fresh veggies from her garden! I walked with her to get the peppers from her “pantry”. As she filled the bags she explained to me that they don’t eat green peppers much, they prefer red, but they had to pick the peppers before they turned red because of the predicted frost.
I thought about what she said for a minute. “So, the green peppers will turn red if you leave them longer?” I asked. She explained that the green peppers were not ripened yet. When left to ripen they will turn yellow or red, depending in the variety. I didn’t know that! The red and yellow peppers are sweeter. That’s why these peppers are more expensive in the grocery store, they take longer to ripen, so they require more maintenance.
I swear, I learn something new every time I visit Melissa!
She ended up giving me 2 grocery bags of peppers, a bag of beautiful fresh picked lettuce, a bag of turnip greens, and a bag of sweet potatoes. She also gave me some of her handmade soap.
The next day I put up the peppers. I sliced up one bag of peppers and froze them. The other bag I dehydrated.
I was surprised that one full grocery bag of peppers dried to this! All of it fit in one small pickle jar. I read that one Tbsp of the dried pepper equals one half of a fresh pepper. I also read that you can grind up the dried pepper into a powder to use in recipes as well. That would be neat to try.
I hope one day that my garden is so bountiful that I am able to bless my friends and neighbors with some of my produce. Thanks Melissa!! We’ve enjoyed every bit of it!