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Brighten Up Your Garden and Turn Up the Heat in the Kitchen with Sassy Peppers

September 8th, 2010

 

From mild to richly flavored to fiery hot, peppers offer unique flavors and varying degrees of heat. If you’re a pepper aficionado, you know what these sassy garden plants are capable of doing when it comes to flavor and versatility.

In the garden, peppers add eye-popping appeal. With their deep, rich colors and distinctive shapes, peppers are like Christmas ornaments in the garden. If you cannot imagine that thought without presents then think of ripe and ready peppers as presents to use in the kitchen. In many dishes from around the world, the distinct taste and texture of a pepper makes the dish, such as Mexico’s Chile Rellenos. Another popular pepper dish that is easy to make is Stuffed Jalapenos, Southwest-Style. They’re great for casual get-togethers and fun to make and eat.

If you’ve never handled peppers in the kitchen before there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Peppers contain a natural oil called capsaicin, which is what provides the heat in peppers. If you’re not careful and you accidentally rub your skin after handling peppers the capsaicin on your fingers can burn your skin. Many people people wear gloves when working with dried or fresh chiles, just to be safe. If you want to temper a pepper’s heat as much as possible, remove the membranes and seeds from peppers before using them in your food dishes. Also, if you’ve eaten a dish that contains peppers and your taste buds are on fire, drink milk, as it tames the heat.

If you’re ready to give peppers a whirl—trust us, you will not regret it—then check out our Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles Seed Lists and Details. We have ten different varieties of non-GMO and non-hybrid seeds, including certified organic and heirloom seeds, packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags. Our Mylar® packaging makes planting now or later a great convenience.

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A Glimpse Into Off the Rack, Tortured Seeds

August 11th, 2010

 

Did you know that seeds can be tortured? It’s true. Humble little seeds are living things that are dormant until placed in the right conditions. When exposed to elements such as heat and moisture, the life of seeds can be gravely compromised. Have you ever noticed how seeds are stored at big box stores? Many times, they’re placed in the hot sun or near plants that get misted. The paper packets that these seeds are stored in do not protect them from these elements.

Seeds need to be stored in environmentally controlled conditions in order to ensure optimum germination and prolong their lives. That’s why we store our seeds in environmentally controlled conditions up to the point of shipping. Before being shipped, seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags which provide great seed protection, as well as the opportunity to plant now or later. And, if you are a seed saver, you can re-use your Mylar® bags to save seeds from the plants you grow. We pamper our seeds so much that we even play classical music to them in our storage facility.

Once purchased, keep seeds stored in a dry and cool place, such as in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Also, keep seed varieties separated from each other in clearly labeled packets. If stored in the right conditions, seeds will remain viable for years.

While it may be fun to shop off the rack for new clothes, you should never shop off the rack for seeds.  They’re too valuable a resource to torture by storing them in the wrong conditions.

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The Five Ws of Humble Seed

May 7th, 2010

Since the launch of Humble Seed, we’ve met some great folks who are passionate about seeds, and we’re honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. If you’re a new follower to the Humble Seed Blog, here is one of our press releases, to give you some insight into who we are.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jim Mitchell, co-owner/operator

877-956-SEED (7333)

jmitchell@humbleseed.com

Feed Your Inner Gardener with ‘Humble Seed’

Scottsdale, Ariz. (April 14, 2010) – Humble Seed cultivates the gardener within all of us with irresistible “seed that feeds” kits. Each kit features premium seed packets for an array of edible plants. First-time entrepreneurs Jim and Kristen Mitchell, who launched the online business today, aim to inspire would-be growers by making seed selection easier while enhancing variety, flavor, and nutritional value.

Instead of sifting through piles of paper envelopes vulnerable to heat and humidity, www.HumbleSeed.com customers pick from themed gardens in a kit: Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles; The Producer; Uncle Herb’s Favorites; and Veggin’ Out.

Every kit contains at least 10 premium packets of seeds for environmentally conscious growers offering higher seed counts than similar products. Seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar bags for ultimate protection, allowing growers to plant now or later. For those seeking a survival seed bank, The Producer is a bulk fruit-and-vegetable kit that is packaged within an FDA-approved container for long-term food storage.

Humble Seed is a labor of love. After relocating to the Valley from the Midwest one year ago, Jim left his career as an energy trader to follow his heart. He poured his energy and savings into Humble Seed, an entirely self-funded venture.

“My whole life I’ve been trying to find one calling, one passion that would help people,” Jim says. “I really connected to growing my own food. There are so many health, financial and environmental benefits and creating a stable, healthy food supply reduces our reliance on other economies.”

The Scottsdale husband-and-wife team share a passion for making a difference. We are extremely excited that we’re helping empower people in a down economy,” says Kristen. “Families can now get fresh food at a fraction of the cost found at your local produce section.”

Humble Seed is dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to conscientious gardeners who choose to start from seed. Hobbyists, retirement communities, survival gardeners, schools and restaurants can buy the kits at www.HumbleSeed.com. The website also features books, recipes and seed-growing tips.  Kits start at $21.95.

More information and interviews: 877-956-7333; jmitchell@humbleseed.com; www.humbleseed.com. Become a friend of Humble Seed on Facebook.

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