“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

They grow 'em big out West ...
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Was shopping in the Safeway grocery store in my hometown of Burlington, Colorado the other day when I came across this:


That's one big jalapeno pepper, folks. And it's no Anaheim, no poblano -- it's an honest-to-goodness jalapeno, and it's the biggest I've ever seen. (Okay, so we did pose it on my mom's much-smaller hand to make it appear smaller, but still ...)

When I was a kid, working at my parents' newspaper, it was not unusual for some old guy or gal to walk in, holding their freak of nature they'd grown: some dirt-encrusted pumpkin or squash or zucchini -- and they were always HUGE. We'd take their picture and put it in the paper, and it would be the talk of the town for awhile.

Now that I'm older, and a certified Master Gardener, I wish I knew what they'd done to grow such monstrosities. What did they use as fertilizer?

Or do we really want to know? 


Blogger Dani said...

You know good and well what they use for fertilizer out there, and it's nothing to brag about, along with the GM and hybrid seeds that create those monstrosities. Sigh.

February 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...


February 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To make it appear smaller? Or larger?
And how's the heat in those babies?
Good, I'll bet. I've had big ones that are every bit as hot as their miniature brothers/sisters.

February 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger  said...

Oh yeah, that'll take a large milk to cool ya down afterwards.

March 1, 2013 at 5:46 AM  

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