10/26/2012 12:50 pm ET | Updated Dec 26, 2012

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of Basque Peppers (Video)

It's a mad, mad, mad mad world of Basque peppers featuring a virtual who's who of the pepper variety kingdom. Manuel Recio, of Viridian Farms, takes us on a guided tour of the many star-studded attractions peppered throughout his farm. In this short video you'll get to know Pimiento Andaluz, Piment d'Anglet, Piparra Vasca, Pimiento de Padrón, Gernika, Piquillo, Cristal, and Choricero.

Recio grows about 20 different varieties of peppers, from the Basque regions of northern Spain, southern France and southern Italy. Each pepper has its native origins, and possesses its own individual identity that is a part of the local cuisine.

2012-10-26-We26peppersMRholdspepper.jpgAs Recio explains, it's not always possible to judge the spiciness of a pepper from its appearance. For those who prefer the less spicy peppers, good news--most of the Basque varieties fall low on the spiciness scale.

To learn more, visit Cooking Up a Story. Originally posted on Food.Farmer.Earth.

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