Hot-pepper season

Between August and November, Evolutionary Organics' Kira Kinney showcases more than 30 varieties of peppers at her Greenmarket stand. The chili-head farmer gives us a rundown of her early-season haul.

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  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Bulgarian carrot

    Bulgarian carrot
    The hottest of Kinney's crops at this time of year are these bright-orange carrot look-alikes. The heat level falls somewhere between a serrano and a habanero, but the flesh can be sweet and a little fruity. Add them to ratatouille, salsa or anything that needs an extra kick.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Greek peperoncini

    Greek peperoncini
    These crispy capsicums are a step up in heat from what you'll find at the salad bar. They make fine pickles.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Shishito

    Shishito
    These Japanese beauties are having a moment on local restaurant menus. The green ones are mild and the red are spicier. Flash-fry them in a pan until the skin is blistered, then sprinkle them with salt.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Hungarian hot wax

    Hungarian hot wax
    Kinney recommends these sweet, slightly spicy cultivars as a starting point for chili neophytes. Slice them raw into salads or sandwiches.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Italian peperoncini

    Italian peperoncini
    Long and slender, these classic peppers are more sweet than spicy. Toss them in a hot skillet with olive oil and then dress them with balsamic vinegar and salt.

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Bulgarian carrot

Bulgarian carrot
The hottest of Kinney's crops at this time of year are these bright-orange carrot look-alikes. The heat level falls somewhere between a serrano and a habanero, but the flesh can be sweet and a little fruity. Add them to ratatouille, salsa or anything that needs an extra kick.

As the growing season ramps up through the fall, look out for lemon drop, orange Thai and ghost chilies. Available at Evolutionary Organics, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Eastern Pkwy and Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn (Saturdays).

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