“I grew up in New Mexico, and the older I get, I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space.”
Tom Ford (film director, fashion designer)
Caramba! The blueberries were doing wonderfully – and then the mercury soared to above 90 degrees for almost a week. Now they look like they’re in suspended animation, because the blueberry bushes are loaded – with lots and lots of berries, green as gooseberries.
Well. Now I see why the weather is always a topic among farmers.
What a strange week in weather – again. Rainy, then very hot (hot as a chile pepper, with a Heat Index at 105 degrees), then a cold rain.
But through it all, the chile plants stand green and healthy. Going to be some really good chili this winter! Delicioso!
Su amigo, Diego
If you like knowing cool facts about your favorite hot spice (for example, the poblano is known as an ancho chile once it’s red, ripe and dried), here are some really neat sites I’ve found that you may like:
https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/55198/know-your-peppers/ Great reference.
http://www.chilly.in/ This site is a little hard to read, but has interesting facts throughout: Wilbur Scoville, who invented the ‘heat scale’ still in use today back in 1912, was a pharmacist by trade. Bet he knew a lot of ways to extinguish the flames in your mouth.
http://www.thechileman.org/ If you want to venture into growing your own pet variety.
https://www.cayennediane.com/big-list-of-hot-peppers/ Cayenne Diane … ay yi. There’s a lovely lady’s name with which I’d certainly be smitten.
Did the Smithsonian expedition to Bolivia find the true source of all the chile peppers in the world?
Of course, there’s much more information on the net – but these sites will give you enough facts and curiosity-sparks to have you adding to your chile knowledge and tasting them too!