Earlier this week we introduced you to peperoni cruschi. Now the exploration continues. From friends in Maierà – where the famous Peperoncino Museum is located – we were invited to a restaurant where those crispy peppers were just one of many delicious appetizers. Since we were so enthusiastic about them, our friends gave us a treccia of dried Dolce Calabrese …
If you are not just looking for the hottest peppers, you’ll find a flavorful specialty at the other end of the Scoville scale in southern Italy: Peperoni Cruschi .
If you visit Calabria, particularly for the Peperoncino Festival in Diamante, you’ll sooner or later discover an interesting pork sausage named ‘Nduja. This is a spreadable sort of salami that has been made in southern Calabria for hundreds of years.
During my 2010 trip to the 18th Annual Peperoncino Festival in Diamante, Calabria, Italy, I had been drafted—despite my protests—into serving as one of the head judges for the chile-eating contest. Sometimes it’s tough being the Pope of Peppers.