Yesterday Ruben and I walked to the public market in El Masnou to order a turkey for next Thursday. Although it turns out to be Thanksgiving Day in the US, this really will be a trial run for a dinner we are planning in December for several friends.
On leaving the edificio municipal, we noticed a small shop with plants out front across the street. We walked over and found several small pepper plants labeled bichos. Ruben had previously read on the net that this variety of pimiento is edible, unlike the enanos that I bought a while back. The woman in the shop called out to another who was across the street to ask if these bichos were OK to eat, and she replied in the affirmative.
Supposedly edible hot peppers
So I bought a plant for 1,20 €. The price also broke my belief that small shops are always more expensive than big hipermercados. When we got back to my piso, Ruben replanted it. We figure that there will be some ready to pick and try by next weekend. These are supposed to be picante (hot), I guess we will soon find out.
As for the name, bichos, none of its meanings are very pleasant. It supposedly comes from Latin meaning “beastly”. Maybe that refers to them being beastly hot.
You can see the resemblance of the bichos to the enanos, which I mistakenly tasted a couple of weeks ago. The whole reason for growing these peppers is that they seem to fruit most of the year, unlike the campanilla (bell-shaped) peppers that are a summer-only variety. In general it is difficult to find spicy (read hot) food or condiments here.
Inedible dwarf peppers
Photographer’s note: EXIF data intact.