Calabrian Pepper Plant (How to Plant + How To Use)

Calabrian peppers, commonly known as ‘peperoncino,’ are a variety of chili pepper indigenous to the Italian province of Calabria.

Calabrian peppers are gaining popularity among food fans as a versatile and spicy component in many Italian cuisines.

A Calabrian pepper plant is a quick and easy method to add a distinctive taste to your meals.

A Calabrian pepper plant is a terrific addition to any home or kitchen garden, whether you’re gardening for enjoyment or want to cook with the freshest ingredients.

Planting Calabrian Pepper Plant

Choose a Sunny Spot with Well-Draining Soil

Before diving in, I need to ensure I’m choosing the right spot. It needs to be somewhere that gets a lot of sunlight because Calabrian Pepper Plants love the sun.

I’m also looking for a spot with well-draining soil, so the plant’s roots don’t stay wet and soggy. This is important because nothing ruins a pepper plant faster than soggy roots!

Dig a Hole That Is Twice the Size of the Root Ball

When it comes to planting a Calabrian Pepper Plant, I like to ensure I’m doing it right. So I always dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. That way, I can be sure the plant has plenty of room to grow and thrive.

Plus, it makes me feel like a master gardener when I see how much space I’ve given it.

And since the Calabrian Pepper Plant is one of the spiciest peppers around, I’m sure I’ll be in for a spicy treat in the future!

Place the Plant in the Hole and Fill the Hole with Soil

I dig a nice big hole in the soil and then gently place the plant in the hole. I’m worried I’ll disturb the delicate roots and damage the plant, but thankfully, it all goes smoothly, and the pepper plant is safely in the ground.

Now I need to fill the hole with soil and pat it down to ensure it’s firmly in place. I’m sure this pepper plant will look amazing in my garden, and I can’t wait to see how much it grows over the coming months!

Water the Plant and Add a Layer of Mulch

I like to water the plant and add a mulch layer to ensure it’s nice and cozy. But don’t worry, this isn’t a commitment – the mulch can be taken away at any time if you want to change things up. The plant will reward you with beautiful red peppers, so it’s worth it.

Fertilize the Plant with A Balanced Fertilizer Every Few Weeks

Once you have your Calabrian Pepper Plant in the ground, you’ll need to fertilize it every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.

This will help ensure that your Calabrian Pepper Plant gets all the nutrients needed to thrive.

And trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the fiery goodness that will be yours when those peppers are finally ready to pick.

How to Select a Calabrian Pepper Plant

  1. Look for a brightly colored plant with dark green foliage.
  2. Look for a healthy stem and root system.
  3. Avoid plants with spots or discoloration.
  4. Check the soil for adequate moisture.
  5. Select a variety that is suited for your climate.

Culinary Uses for The Calabrian Pepper

Grinding Calabrian Peppers into A Paste

One of the best ways to use them is by grinding them into a paste. It’s pretty easy to make. All you have to do is take some dried Calabrian Peppers, grind them in a food processor or mortar, and pestle until you get a nice, thick paste.

The great thing about this is you can adjust the spice level by adding more or fewer peppers depending on your taste preference. Plus, the paste can last in the refrigerator for weeks, so you can always have some on hand to liven up a dish anytime.

Use as a Condiment or Seasoning

As a condiment or seasoning, the Calabrian pepper packs a punch. Whether it’s used to top a pizza, spiced up a pasta dish, or sprinkled onto a salad, a little bit of the Calabrian pepper can go a long way.

It’s got a deliciously spicy kick that helps to bring out the flavor of whatever it’s added to.

Plus, it’s just so darn pretty! The bright red color of the pepper is sure to draw the eye and make any dish look amazing.

Use in Sauces and Marinades

One of the most popular ways to use them is in sauces and marinades. They give a robust and spicy kick to these dishes that can take them to the next level.

I love throwing a few of these peppers into a marinade for steak or fish and letting the flavors infuse overnight.

But be careful when handling them, they may look small, but they pack a punch!

Garnish Dishes with Whole Calabrian Peppers

I love to garnish dishes with whole Calabrian Peppers for an extra flavor boost. Whether you use it as a garnish, a topping, or diced up small for a flavorful addition to a dish, the Calabrian Pepper is sure to add a bit of zest to your culinary creations.

Plus, the bright red color of the pepper makes it a great way to brighten up your plate. Get creative and find new and exciting ways to use the Calabrian Pepper in your kitchen.

Infuse Oils with Calabrian Peppers for A Spicy Kick

As a passionate home cook and spice enthusiast, one of my favorite things to do with these peppers is to infuse oils with them. It’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to make any dish more flavorful and spicier.

All you have to do is add a few Calabrian peppers to your favorite oil, let it sit for about two days, and voila – you’ve got a spicy oil that you can use to season dishes or add a kick to your condiments. The best part is you can make this infused oil at home. 

Variety Of Pepper Recipes to Try

Calabrian Pepper Pesto

Calabrian Chili Pesto Pasta

All you need is fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, Calabrian peppers, and parmesan cheese.

Blend it all, and you have a fantastic sauce that goes great with pasta, pizza, or just about anything else.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use the Calabrian pepper pesto for a marinade on your favorite meats.

Spicy Calabrian Pepper Pasta

It will always give your food the kick it needs to tickle your taste senses fully. It’s also shockingly simple to make. All you need are Calabrian peppers, olive oil, garlic, and your preferred pasta.

Roasted Calabrian Pepper Salad

Throw bell peppers, red onions, and Calabrian peppers with olive oil and roast until golden and caramelized. Then toss in the rest of your ingredients – I like to add feta cheese, olives, parsley, and some garlic and red pepper flakes for a kick – and you’ve got yourself a fantastic salad!

Calabrian Pepper Pizza

Calabrese Chili Pizza

The creamy mozzarella, delicious tomato sauce, and mild spice of Calabrian Pepper combine to make this pizza exceptional. It’s also quite simple to create and takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Calabrian Pepper-stuffed Chicken Breast

I like adding a little garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil to enhance the flavor. Then I load the chicken with the peppers and garnish it with fresh herbs for a delectable supper.

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