I had to travel all the way to the Balkans to discover how truly incredible peppers are.
This makes we want to look for Ajvars in my local Kroger or Publix. Maybe I’ll find some.
Fantastic post, as always, BUT…. https://nationalpost.com/life/food/only-time-will-bell-are-green-red-and-yellow-peppers-all-the-same
Yes, all peppers start out green (i.e. unripe), but that doesn’t make them “green peppers” l
And yes, those long curvy red shepherd peppers are THE BEST (as my Hungarian born mom would have attested) - even for stuffing. Much sweeter when cooked than even red bell peppers.
We just had our first sampling of avar in a lovely restuarant outside Zagreb near the medvadgrad castle. It is delicious!
That tangy-smelling orange mush looks amazing. That would have been a wonderful experience. Thank you for the recipe and am so glad to have found your blog.
Oh my! This sounds delicious! I love how welcoming people can be if only we work up the courage to ask questions. Also, I never knew paprika was made from red peppers! This explains a lot about the difference between Hungarian paprika and our regular paprika here in the States.
I’ve never heard of ajvar, but it sounds delicious, one of those magical concoctions that seem simple, but open up worlds of possibilities. I may attempt a small batch. Thanks for a fascinating post.
Love this! And I love ajvar...I have it before and loved it. I just wish bell peppers weren't so expensive here in Washington State. Maybe I'll try making a smaller batch!
I love everything about this - food is such a personal subject for so many people and it is my FAVORITE way to connect with a new location!
"And I felt truly shocked when I learned that red and yellow bell peppers are actually just green peppers that have been allowed to fully ripen.
And how about the fact that paprika — the spice — is made from dried red peppers?"
I learned both of these things last year and they still blow my mind.
Smoked paprika is one of my all-time favorite spices and I try to find ways to sneak it into almost everything :D
I’ll just grab 20 kg of peppers...