We're probably going to get a good frost tonight, and a hard freeze will be right around the corner so today I was picking probably the last batch of peppers from my garden. I grow a bunch of different varieties, and I try a few new ones every year. One of the new ones we tried this year was the Hot Portugal pepper. It is only around 7000-10000 on the heat index, so it isn't one of the hottest varieties out there, but it is maybe twice as hot as jalapeno peppers. It is also very sweet, and I think at present the Hot Portugal would be my favorite pepper. We've been throwing them in chili, sausage and peppers, and a few other things my wife has made. I also made my own concoction I call "hot corn bread" and I mix in about one whole cut-up Hot Portugal pepper into the mix. A few people I work with had it, and they said I should go hotter, so I want to make another batch and maybe put in three or four peppers.
Here is the pile of the Hot Portugals I picked today:
Not only do they taste great, but I think they are one of the neatest looking peppers.