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Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes for Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers

You are getting ready to plant your garden and you are considering Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers and you look and at them and think what do I do with a bumper crop of Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers?  

Here are some of Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes.

Of course the obvious is to try canning your sweet yellow banana peppers.  Here is the typical pickling recipe for banana peppers. You can always add ingredients to customize it -- some people like to add jalapeno peppers for a kick of heat; some add garlic. Be creative.

First you'll wash about three pounds of peppers, and then remove the stem ends. Slice them into rings about a quarter inch thick. In a saucepan, bring 5 cups cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups water, 5 tsps. canning salt, 2 tbsps. celery seed  , and 4 tbsps mustard seed to a boil. Put some dry celery and mustard seed 
 into the jars. Then fill up the jars with your peppers and cover with the boiling liquid. Can according to instructions.  We use them in salads, on burgers, sandwiches and more.

Since Banana peppers are tangy and sweet, so their flavor mixes well with cheese and other toppings; think cured meat or a green leafy vegetable, like spinach or arugula. Here's a quick recipe: Make your own pizza dough and sauce (or buy some at the grocery store). Roll out your dough, leaving a border around the edge for your crust. Ladle on a thin layer of sauce, spreading it around with the back of the ladle. Sprinkle on grated mozzarella cheese. Next, place a layer of torn arugula leaves on the pie. Top with small sliced pieces of cured Italian salami or pepperoni. Top the whole thing off with sliced rings of banana peppers. Bake on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes at 450 degrees.  I bake on a stone so I only bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Delicious!

Because Banana peppers have a much milder taste than bell peppers, and bring a different flavor to the traditional dish of stuffed peppers. You can make stuffed peppers meaty or meatless, depending on your preference. If you don't eat meat, think about using rice, quinoa    or some other meat alternative.  Use about a pound of meat for every four good-sized banana peppers. Use mild or spicy, whatever your preference. Slice the top of the pepper, making it into a sort of flip-top. Brown sausage or ground beef in a skillet and set aside. In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, Romano cheese, an egg, and some salt and pepper together. Stir in the meat and add more bread crumbs/cheese or another egg, depending on how moist or dry you want the stuffing. Gently fill the peppers with the stuffing and close the tops of the peppers. Fry the peppers in olive oil until each side is browned. Serve with a bit of marinara sauce and some grated cheese on top, if desired.

Fried banana peppers are a Southern favorite, served as an appetizer or as a side dish next to roasted ham or fried chicken. You can fry fresh banana peppers, pickled banana peppers, mild peppers or spicy peppers -- whatever you like best. The recipe is super simple and everyone loves them. Here's how to make deep fried banana peppers:

The secret to the Southern recipe is saltine crackers. Wash the banana peppers and slice lengthwise. Remove seeds and pat dry with a paper towel. Soak the peppers in milk, then dip in a mixture of flour and crushed saltine crackers. Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown. Remove with tongs, drain on paper towels, and serve while still warm.

Fried banana peppers taste great on their own, with cocktail sauce or even with ranch dressing for dipping. Give your family a variety of dips to choose from!

A very popular appetizer, poppers are peppers split open, filled with cream cheese and deep fried. If you like poppers but don't like the spiciness of jalapenos, why not try some banana pepper poppers? You can get the yummy taste without the heat, and you can make them at home.

Wash the banana peppers and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Fill each half with cream cheese. Here comes the good part. Wrap a small (about a third of a slice) piece of bacon around each pepper and stick a toothpick through to hold. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until the bacon is crispy. Warning: These are addictive!

For variations on the theme, mix in shredded cheeses like parmesan, Gouda or Monterrey Jack. Forgo the bacon altogether if you don't eat meat or don't like bacon. Or, top the cream cheese mixture with bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder  , paprika -- whatever tickles your palette's fancy!.


The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams is a Lot©

The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams is a Lot©

By Arlene Wright-Correll

The other day my mind wandered, like it often does, and I started to think about sweet potatoes and yams.  Was there a difference?  If so, what was the difference?

My research leads me to discover that the true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine (Dioscorea batatas) and is not even distantly related to the sweet potato. I learned that slowly becoming more common in US markets, the yam is a popular vegetable in Latin American and Caribbean markets, with over 150 varieties available worldwide and that surprised me.

I went on to discover that generally sweeter than the sweet potato, this tuber, the Yam, can grow over seven feet in length and that the word yam comes from African words njam, nyami, or djambi, meaning "to eat," and was first recorded in America in 1676.

The yam tuber has a brown or black skin which resembles the bark of a tree and off-white, purple or red flesh, depending on the variety. They are at home growing in tropical climates, primarily in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Yams contain more natural sugar than sweet potatoes and have higher moisture content. Often Yams are also marketed by their Spanish names, boniato and Ã±ame.

For the most part, it does not grow well in the United States, even with care - most of the US is too cold. Yams are a subtropical/tropical vine, growing best in zone 9 or higher. Some can grow in zone 8 with care. In parts of zone 7, it can be grown as an annual, ornamental vine, but it won't produce many tubers, if any.  Since Yams are vines, and need trellises for support of their vine canopies. They need more space than what is available in a tire stack or a 30 gallon bag, so planting them in the ground is best - 3 feet apart and 3 - 4 inches deep. Setts, seeds, or cuttings can be planted - yams, under the right conditions, are very fertile. They require sandy clay loam augmented with loose compost. It takes 10 months for the tubers to form. The ground must stay warm the entire time - 77*F or warmer and night time temps need to remain above 77*F for 9 or 10 months, so that lets Kentucky out at least I think so.

Sweet potatoes, which are yellow or orange tubers, are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture.  Now I know the difference, but will I remember not to confuse the names?

The world is full of mysteries!


Sweet Marjoram Heirloom Seeds are now available in limited quantity so order now and get free shipping

Sweet Marjoram Heirloom Seeds


Our Home Farm Herbery Marjoram seeds are 100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO and develops excellent Oregano-like flavor and is extremely fragrant.

This easy to grow perennial is perfect for containers and is perfect to use fresh or dried.

It can be used in many dishes including meats, stews, casseroles, poultry, sausages, and sauces.

Marjoram is also known for its healing properties with rheumatoid pain, tension headaches and minor digestive problems and it can be used in potpourri or added to sachets for linen and clothing cupboards.

 Plant Height: 36"   Perennial    

85 - 90 days to maturity           

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

Sampler Packet of approximately 230 seeds is $4.95

Limited Quantity so order today and get free shipping plus we will send you a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice with your order., Plus we will send you a free planting guide. So order now.

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Sweet Banana Pepper Yellow Heirloom Seeds from Home Farm Herbery are Harvested, tested and packed for 2014 Limited Supply Order now.

Sweet Banana Pepper Yellow Seeds (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
At Home Farm Herbery we love this Yellow Banana Pepper for its very sweet in flavor, because it has more vitamin C than an orange, it is excellent for salads, stuffing, or baking, it only takes 85 days to maturity and we love it on our artisan pizzas!

These are heirloom, non-hybrid, non GMO seeds and our Yellow Banana Pepper plant produces high yields of 6" long by 2" wide banana shaped sweet peppers. One of the most popular sweet peppers in the USA!
Turning from light green, to yellow, to orange, to red when it matures it can be used at any stage of maturity.

We have harvested and packed a limited quantity for 2014 so buy yours today before it is too late.

Try our 10 seed Sampler pack and get 10 heavy producing plants now.

10 seed sampler pack $3.99 comes with free shipping, free planting guide and a free herb or herb blend of our choice.

We thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Onion white Sweet Spanish Seeds for sale in limited quantities so order today

Onion white Sweet Spanish Seeds

Onion, White Sweet Spanish (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

The White Sweet Spanish variety produces a globed shaped white onion.

At Home Farm Herbery we have discovered over the years that this is one of the most popular white onion varieties available. It is easy to grow and it is perfect for beginners and furthermore it grows well in containers and tight spaces

Maturity is 110-120 days

When you sow this package of seeds you are taking part in the preservation of healing plants worldwide. 

Sampler package of 100 seeds $6.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

We have a limited quantity so place your order now.


Sweet and Sour Lamb Rub

Sweet and Sour Lamb Rub
Home Farm Herbery Sweet and Sour Lamb Rub
This secret blend of Paprika, pepper, rosemary, thyme, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, sea salt, and cayenne pepper will give your lamb the true subtle flavor of Mediterranean cuisine.
Sprinkle a light coating onto your lamb roast, chops or other grilling or roasting cuts of lamb meat for the most flavorful results. Season the meat in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours and then either roast, grill or cook as per your favorite recipe.
1 oz. (28 grams) package $5.95 with free shipping within the 48 contiguous states.
Order today and get free shipping and a free gift of one of our herbs or herb blends of our choice.
All proceeds from our sales go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so we thank you for buying our products.
Arlene Wright-Correll

Cooking with Garam Marsala©

Cooking with Garam Marsala©


First let’s talk about Garam Marsala as the composition of garam masala differs regionally, with wide variety across India. Varying combinations of these and other spices are used in different garam masala recipes in accordance to region and personal taste, and none is considered more authentic than another. The components of the mix are toasted, and then ground together. Masala means a spicy mixture.

A typical Indian version of garam masala is: black & white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, black & white cumin seeds, black, brown & green cardamom pods and that is exactly what we use in our Home Farm Herbery Garam Marsala Blend except we grind up everything and we add a little nutmeg. (Home Farm Herbery Garam Marsala Blend ingredients cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, & nutmeg.)  Our  flavors are carefully blended to achieve a balanced effect t o release its flavors and aromas. 

Used mostly in Indian cooking the North American cook is missing out on an occasional treat by not keeping a small package of Garam Marsala in his or her herb pantry.

Garam Marsala has a lot of nutritional value since it contains several micronutrients. One ounce has about 215 milligrams of calcium, 9 milligrams of iron, 400 milligrams of potassium, and 1 milligram of zinc.

I want to share two wonderful and inexpensive to make recipes with you that are not only tasty, delicious and good for you, but healthy!

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup


When you want a soup that has a pleasant depth and is slightly sweet from the addition of those pretty orange potatoes and roasted cauliflower then this is the soup for your. The sweetness is delicately enhanced with a light sprinkle of garam masala. At Home Farm Herbery we think the chunky veggies and thick and creamy broth make it good choice for lunch or a light dinner.


Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup


Yield: 6 to 8 servings

1 large head cauliflower (the one I used was at least 7? in diameter

Olive oil for drizzling

Few dashes Home Farm Herbery’s garam masala http://www.localharvest.org/garam-marsala-blend-C23847

 3 medium to large sized peeled sweet potatoes cut into 1? pieces

1 sweet onion, diced

2 cloves garlic

7 cups water


First, preheat your oven to 400 °F and cut up your cauliflower into bite sized pieces.


Sprinkle cauliflower lightly with Home Farm Herbery garam masala. Place cauliflower onto ungreased cookie sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven and let roast until golden brown on the tops and tender, but not mushy, about 20-30 minutes. There’s no need to turn the cauliflower. Just remove from oven and let cool while you cook the rest of the soup.


In large stockpot, bring sweet potato, onion, garlic and water to a boil. Salt (about 3/4 tsp) and stir. Reduce heat and allow it to remain at a constant simmer until sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cooked cauliflower and divide soup into 2 parts.


Let soup cool and then blend one part soup in blender until very smooth. Combine with second part soup and stir. Salt to taste and warm up over stovetop if needed.


Also why not try this wonderful Vegetable masala which is a mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas and beans cooked with onions & tomatoes adding Home Farm Herbery Garam Masala Blend, ginger and garlic powder.


2 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 carrot, chopped

10 French-style green beans, chopped

1 quart cold water

1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

(You can opt for a frozen veggie mix that has baby carrots and corn in it)

1 tsp kosher or sea salt is preferred as opposed to regular salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon Home Farm Herbery mustard seed http://www.localharvest.org/mustard-seed-C24074

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tomatoes - blanched, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon Home Farm Herbery garam masala http://www.localharvest.org/garam-marsala-blend-C23847

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Home Farm Herbery chili powder http://www.localharvest.org/chili-powder-C23758

1 sprig cilantro leaves, for garnish



Place potatoes, carrots and green beans in the cold water. Allow to soak while you prepare the rest of the vegetables; drain.

In a microwave safe dish place the potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, salt and turmeric. Cook for 8 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook mustard seeds and cumin; when seeds start to sputter and pop, add the onion and sauté until transparent. Stir in the tomatoes, garam masala, ginger, garlic and chili powder; sauté 3 minutes. Add the cooked vegetables to the tomato mixture and sauté 1 minute. Garnish with cilantro


P.S. If you want to stay healthy then watch this great documentary on Netflix or get the DVD It is called FOODMATTERS

May the Creative Force be with you.

Arlene Wright-Correll



We have been busy here developing new products.

We have been busy here developing new products. One is a Home Farm Herbery Bridal Shower Gift Bag which Contains: Betty Crocker Kitchen Cutting Board, salad tongs, pastry brush, double rubber bowl spatula, set of measuring cups with spoons, peeler, set of 4 wooden spoons, 4 recipe cards, long handled spoon, long handled frying spatula (we reserve the right to change the brand of the utensils due of availability) & the following Home Farm Herbery Herbs
Herbes de Provence, Italian seasoning, Oriental Chip seasoning, Barbecue chip seasoning, Dill salt, Bouquet Garni & our Ultimate Seasoning Salt.

This can be seen at our store as soon as someone at Local Harvest goes in and approves this and 4 other products which we have sitting there waiting for pending approval.


Another is Home Farm Herbery Gourmet Artisan Oriental Potato Chip Seasoning and another is Home Farm Herbery Gourmet Barbecue Chip Seasoning.  Both are for any kind of fried or baked home made chips such as potato, radish, pumpkin, sweet potato, yams, zucchini, baby spinach, kale or string bean chips.

We also have created a wonderful dill salt and what we call our Ultimate Seasoning Salt that is good to sprinkle on just about anything.

We do hope you will be soon able to go to our store and see them all as soon as local harvest gets them live.


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