Market Watch: Padron Peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

Padron peppers (named after the Padron region of Spain from which they originate) are the staple of a great Spanish dish, pimientos de Padrón. The reason the dish is named after the peppers is that it’s a simple one: the peppers are blistered in olive oil and sprinkled with salt. I’ve had the dish before, at Boqueria, albeit made with the more common shisito peppers. Padron peppers are slightly more expensive than the other hot peppers showing up at the summer Greenmarkets; hopefully their unique blend of sweet and spicy will be worth it.


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