Permaculture, Homesteading, and Community Building // How to Dry and String Peppers for Decoration or Preservation

I have memories of hundreds of dried chili peppers strung along Chinese market stalls. I would look at them while buying veggies with my aunt, amazed at the deep red colors that hung just out of my reach. I remember that my mom would hang up a garland of dried chili peppers on our Christmas tree every winter. My mom's side of the family is from Chengdu, the spicy capital of China. Chiles are a central part of the cuisine, though I unfortunately grew up with almost no spicy tolerance. I've recently been building up my ability to eat spicy foods in preparation for returning to Chengdu. This year, I grew some cayenne peppers and jalapeno peppers. My mom grew the bhut jolokia pepper (ghost pepper) and loves eating them for dinner. For reference, the bhut jolokia is one of the hottest peppers in the world, 400 times spicier than tabasco sauce and is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units. This is why I have a hard time eating when I visit my family in China...

Anyways, I just harvested a handful of the cayenne peppers and was inspired to try stringing them up and drying them like the garlands that I saw in Chinese markets.



Step 1 - Grow the Peppers

This is my favorite step. It is so satisfying to see a baby plant turn into handfuls of peppers within months. Peppers grow well in full sun, well-drained soil, and warm temperatures.



Step 2 - Harvest the Peppers

When harvesting the peppers, it is important to harvest a portion of the stem attached to the pepper. This is where we will be threading a needle through in order to tie them all together.



Step 3 - Begin Stringing the Peppers

I used waxed macrame string as it will hold over time and it's what I had on hand, but any thin string will do the job. I tied a knot at the bottom of the string and slipped my first pepper on.



Step 4 - String the Rest of the Peppers

I then got in a rhythm of stringing the rest of the peppers on. I tied a knot in the string about an inch above the first pepper and threaded the second pepper on. I tied the knot in order to keep distance between the peppers. This will help for airflow and allow the peppers to dry faster.



Step 5 - Hang the Peppers up to Dry

I hung my peppers up in my room, where it is dry. I wouldn't recommend hanging the peppers outside, as morning dew will most likely prevent the peppers from drying out and may result in mold growth. This is a great way to preserve peppers for future meals. The garland can also be used as decoration or given as a gift.



Happy growing, drying, and decorating!

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Helli @anwenbaumeister It is very creative technique. At the end you can grind them once dried up!

Woooow I was totally thinking that those peppers were just tinies hahaha so big they are, cool that you can have that on youre garden and let those Gigants to dry :) cool to see great post

Just passing by to say thanks for upvoting one of my post, appreciated it a lot. Never thought it can be use as a decoration, i only knew as it is very good to include it in my food, it makes me eat more.

Wow. @anwenbaumeister thanks for sharing new decoration. You are great. .

@anwenbaumeister hi there, using peppet as a decoration looks like art, i never even seen this anywhere, however i like the way its all strung up, it looks colourful.

Amazing pictures! I really love it peppers. Good post

Green and red peppers they look amazing. I used those peppers to make hot sauce. I appreciate you taking the time to share with us you have my upvote & resteem @mannyfig1956

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very good knowledge on how to dry and strong pepper.. which reminds me also growing up..my grandma use to dry pepper...by her kitchen more like smoking... and this wll last as much as she needs it

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Wonderful post so many things to learn from you thanks for sharing this :)

Will definitely try that have been wondering all along how its done thanks dude

Wow Great Idea !
Here too people use this types of stuffs ! People place Lemon and Peepers at front doors of their houses and shop !

wow, good post chili how to dry

Thanks for sharing this post boss..
I really appreciate your hands on my blog this days

your post is good and

My voice! Useful pepper!

WHAT A COOL IDEA. My mom used to have a cactus that we used as our christmas tree. These would make great ornaments.

I love the esthethic of the hung peppers, a pepper chaplet has been hanging in my room for years until a few weeks ago. Your family eats bhut jolokia for dinner? That's crazy! I grown them 2 years ago, about 10 different ultra hot varieties... Among it, bhut jolokia. I dried it up, licked it once and it has been in the jar ever since! So hot... Maybe one day I will cook a large bean stew for the neighboorhood and spice it with my aged peppers! Sincerely, I don't feel like growing it again. Beautiful and all but I like my peppers sweet and edible! haha :D

Ooh yes, this is right up my street. Anything I can learn about food preservation I follow. Thank you!!

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I have a bunch of ghost pepper and Chinese multi colored pepper plants I brought indoors before our first frost here in MI. They are really quite beautiful and colorful, and I was hoping to have them last for the holidays. But there's probably not enough light in December to keep the peppers active. I think I'm going to hang the peppers out to dry using them as holiday decorations. Thanks for the post!

i LOVE PEPPERS and this was a great post... peppers grow quite easily and I love to have it for protection.. thank you!!! xx

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