Last Wednesday, BelOrta auctioned the first Padrón peppers. It is the first time in this Belgian cooperative's history that it has sold locally grown Padrón peppers. Bart Ceulemans (Grobar) cultivated these chilies, and Rosenland Fruchtimport KG from Germany purchased them.
Elke Hendrickx with the first Padrón peppers.
Not only are these the first Padrón peppers of the season; they are also the very first BelOrta has made commercially available. These are mild chilies, making them perfect for appetizers or tapas.
Padrón pepers, or Pimientos de Padrón, originate in the Spanish village of Padrón. These are now being grown in Belgian greenhouses too. They taste the best when are briefly grilled in olive oil or on the BBQ. You then season them with coarse salt or can finish them with Parmesan cheese.