Sep 19, 2012



Now and then I’ll think I have a great idea. More often than not these ideas blow up in my face, but they’re fun little experiments. Having said that: this was definitely one of my brighter ideas.

Not sure if you’ve noticed my deep-seated love for peppadew peppers? They’re these little bright red South African jewels. Tiny flavor-bombs.

They’re spicy and sweet with a slight tang to them. I don’t use them for my postings all too often (I did in my bowl of happiness) because I know you can’t buy these beauties all over the world. Outside my blog I go crazy with these… heck, I even buy mustard that has peppadews in it.

Here’s said jar pickled peppadews.

But then I had an idea. What if I rinse them to remove some of the brine.

Dab them dry with a clean towel best as I could.

And dehydrate them.

I figured I’d add few other things while I was at it, like (unwaxed) lemon peel.

The last of my seriously hot home-grown Anaheim’s. I prefer to dry them whole and grind them when I need to.

And my favourite: Roma tomato slices lightly seasoned with a mix of garlic, onion, oregano, parsley, peperoncino, thyme and salt.

It took quite some time to dry the peppadews in my machine. You’re talking 15 to 16 hours. But it was worth every single minute: they’re mind-blowing.

You end up with the most amazing, crunchy, glossy and flavourful dried peppers, tomatoes and lemon.

I was in awe of them, really. Took quite a few shots.

Everything tastes so perfect. I used my spice mill for the lemon and ended up with the best lemon powder, ever. I’ll be using it for tagines, seafood dishes, cheesecakes… you name it. But the best were the peppadews.

The flavour was more concentrated, sweeter, spicier and they looked like candied jewels. That’s how they taste as well.

So crunchy you can pulverize them between two fingers. I’ll be drying a lot more of these in the times to come.

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    1. 1

      That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

      Diederick on Sep 19, 2012 @ 8:13 pm Reply
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      wow nice!
      It is possible to use the oven tot dry them? 

      Badr on Sep 19, 2012 @ 8:45 pm Reply
      1. Have absolutely no idea. Never used my oven to dry things, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work!

        Kay on Sep 19, 2012 @ 8:55 pm Reply
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      Oh I love peppadews – I always have a jar on hand!  I have never dried them though but after seeing this beautiful display I just have to!
      To Badr – I don’t have a dehydrator but I dry fruit/veg etc in my oven on the lowest heat (50C) on a wire tray.  Thick-sliced liced tomatoes take about 12-15 hours and I imagine it’s about the same for peppadews – just check and flip after 8 hours! Dehydrators are neat machines though – one day when I have more space I’m definitely getting my paws on one!

      Juls (Pepper and Sherry) on Sep 19, 2012 @ 9:39 pm Reply
      1. Thanks, definitely gonna try that! 

        Badr on Sep 19, 2012 @ 10:20 pm Reply
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      Huh, I’ve used peppers in my dehydrator, but not lemons.  What an ingenious idea!  How did you “de-wax” them?

      Rachel on Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:36 am Reply
      1. I bought them unwaxed, You’ll probably have to look for organic lemons. But you can use normal lemons as well.

        Kay on Sep 20, 2012 @ 7:29 am Reply
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      I’m using my dehydrator like mad lately too. We have a few hundred pounds of apples and pears to use up, and I’ve started making fruit leather for my girls, and drying some of the “messed up” apples to feed to our goats mid-winter.

      I’ve also just started drying rose petals and lavender flowers, which I’ll eventually use as fragrance in my goats milk soap. :)

      Michelle on Sep 20, 2012 @ 1:45 am Reply
      1. I love ideas like that! Been looking at soap making books lately, it’s fascinating.

        Kay on Oct 1, 2012 @ 1:53 pm Reply
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      I’m from the Netherlands. Where have you bought your dehydrator? How much was it?

      Femke on Sep 20, 2012 @ 7:43 am Reply
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      Thanks for the idea. If these peppadews are from South Africa, where do you get hold of them then? We buy them in the shop here in NZ.

      Edward on Sep 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am Reply
      1. They sell them in the supermarket here, pickled. Can’t buy them fresh, unfortunately.

        Kay on Sep 20, 2012 @ 2:34 pm Reply
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      great to see your posting.
      the dried or semi dried (roasted) we dont see very often as they are not done commercially – but should be .
      They were  (roasted) for trader joes at one time and were absolutely the BEST.

      Thanks for sharing

      PIERRE on Sep 21, 2012 @ 2:42 pm Reply
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      I think I have those very same dishcloths. From Hema?

      M. @ Stuffed Grapes on Sep 25, 2012 @ 3:49 pm Reply
      1. I have no idea where I bought them. They’re really old :)

        Kay on Sep 25, 2012 @ 3:59 pm Reply
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      oh my peppadews are a big treat in this house.  I can buy them fresh in in CA but do keep a jar on hand.  I love them stuffed with a variety of soft cheeses. 

      doodles on Sep 28, 2012 @ 4:46 pm Reply
      1. ps………….will you share a few ideas on using those dried jewels?

        doodles on Sep 28, 2012 @ 4:48 pm Reply
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      Looks delicious! Those peppers look like Cascobel or
      Cherry peppers, mild but very flavorful. There are shops
      here in north Germany that sell seeds (and all sorts of
      wonderful things…sauces, recipe books, snacks,etc.)
      that might have the peppadew. Your articles on growing
      Jalapenos were great. Nothing like fresh peppers.
      Serrano are also really good….(sigh, used to get all
      these fresh in California…).

      Jeff on Oct 8, 2012 @ 10:35 pm Reply
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      It was so much fun just reading everyones comments. If M would let us know where in Ca. she found these pepadews peppers I would be so grateful. I am very excited about you recipes. They are so different but easy.  I also like your title. Gin

      Virginia Graves on Jan 6, 2013 @ 12:20 am Reply
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      This i awesome! My daughter doesnt like mushrooms, so i always have leftovers, with this I can make portions, no more leftovers :). Dry my own tomatoes with herbs like you did, lovely! I saw this before on internet, but back then i thougt, no, not now, maybe later…. But when i see your site, i’m convinced i should buy one. I grow my own vegetables and herbs in my garden, so it would be nice to have one. But one question: do you do your herbs in this machine, can you dry your herbs in it? Or is this machine not suitable for herbs, should i buy one with a thermometre for herbs?

      Angelique on Jan 7, 2013 @ 10:50 am Reply
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      I live in South Africa and ache to share peppadew plants with all you people. I have one plant that I’ve trained into a small tree. This of course drops seeds and I remove and plant in pots which I give away as love gifts. My ‘tree’ just produces enough for the world ?

      Frinkly on May 26, 2015 @ 11:15 am Reply

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