Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peppers from a distant land

This spring I had the honor of traveling to Hungary, Slovokia, and the Czech Republic as a member of Class 13 of the Indiana Ag Leadership Program.  It was a great trip and created so many wonderful memories.  This was my first over seas visit and it was a long way to get there. 

 We were there for two weeks in February and March so it was still cold.  But it was an incredible trip.  Just to be exposed to new things was amazing.  You also miss the comforts of home so we had to hit McDonalds and I had to pose with the picture of a Royal with Cheese (remember Pulp Fiction?)  Sorry it was windy and my hair product didn't adjust to the new environment!

 Slovakia featured many farm visits and we got to see just how similar we are with our foreign neighbors.  Prague was a great visit and I hope to return one day.  Prague Castle was a sight to see as well as the rest of the city.

 So this post is not to go backwards in time, but to show you the fruits of the trip that are just now coming on!  While in Hungary we stopped by Tesco, their version of WalMart.  I picked up Hungarian Pepper and Paprika seeds.  They made it though customs and we started the seeds inside this spring.  They are doing great and it is another reminder for me of the trip of a life time.  Hungary is well known for their paprika.  I also picked up paprika powder while there and it is much more potent then what we currently have to sprinkle on our deviled eggs!

The paprika still has a ways to go, the peppers have to turn red before they can be picked.  They can then be hung to dry and ground into fresh paprika.  I'll keep you posted on the progress!


Lana said...

Love this post! Traveling overseas is like a trip back in to another time. There are modern cities, but each is so steeped in history. I mentioned in my blog today about walking on steps that have been worn away with hundreds of years of people walking over them. So glad you were able to experience all this!

Ott, A. said...

Sounds like a great trip. And those peppers are very impressive. Now, I'm wanting to know what you are going to do with them.

LuAnn said...

I remember when you bought those seeds, Joni! I'm impressed that you have planted them and now have that neat experience! Good for you!

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