Posted by: Dave DeWitt on Oct 14, 2008
Here's a unique way to preserve pods from the garden. Harald Zoschke, our European editor, notes: "Candying is one of the most ancient forms of preserving the harvest--the ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits with honey. Like spices, candied fruit like wild oranges, melons and apricots, were brought to Europe by traders from the Middle East and China in the Early Middle Ages. Until sugar was introduced during the Crusades, honey and palm syrup were used, later replaced mostly by sugar-based syrup. The technique is the same, though--by placing fruit in syrup with gradually increased sugar content, their cell liquid is getting replaced by sugar." Read the entire story and learn how to candy chile pods, here.