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Offline TXCraig1

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Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« on: May 12, 2013, 10:24:38 PM »
I pulled this leaf out of a jar of Calabrian chilies.

Do you think it might be some kind of mint?
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 10:41:21 PM »
It probably if from the plant the chilli was grown from.
It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 10:42:27 PM »
It probably if from the plant the chilli was grown from.

You know, it does look like a pepper leaf.
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 10:51:00 PM »
The other leaf (that I ate before I took a picture) looked different. It was shorter and rounder. I think it was mint for sure. That's why this one had me confused. I think you may very well be right about it being a pepper leaf.
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 10:52:58 PM »
You know, it does look like a pepper leaf.
Sure does; I have some Oregano plants here that look very similar, veins are slightly different though. Your specimen is a little difficult to read because one needs to try an imagine it in a lighter," back to fresh" state and the pic is a bit under lit.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 10:54:48 PM »
I grew tons of them a few years ago, It looked familiar.:)
It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 10:55:35 PM »
Sure does; I have some Oregano plants here that look very similar, veins are slightly different though. Your specimen is a little difficult to read because one needs to try an imagine it in a lighter," back to fresh" state and the pic is a bit under lit.

You have oregano plants with 2.5" pointy leaves? Are you sure they are oregano? My oregano leaves are 0.75" at most, and much more round in shape.
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013, 11:05:17 PM »
I grew a bunch of these a few years ago. They are real pretty, and they taste good too! I guess I'll have to grow some more now that spring is here.

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It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2013, 11:06:46 PM »
I grew a bunch of these a few years ago. They are real pretty, and they taste good too! I guess I'll have to grow some more now that spring is here.

  http://www.google.com/search?q=numex+twilight&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=RVeQUdKxCvTH4AP4yoC4Bg&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=616

I bet they are hotter than a fur coat in Marfa.
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2013, 11:12:25 PM »
I bet they are hotter than a fur coat in Marfa.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2013, 11:25:23 PM »
I bet they are hotter than a fur coat in Marfa.

When they are purple they are about as hot as jalapeno's and as they turn from purple to yellow, and then to red they get hotter and hotter! >:D
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2013, 11:26:04 PM »
You have oregano plants with 2.5" pointy leaves? Are you sure they are oregano? My oregano leaves are 0.75" at most, and much more round in shape.
Oh, sorry..didn't see the 'lil measuring stick part. I was blinded by Science!  :)
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2013, 09:58:32 AM »
Craig,

It it possible that what you have is a bay leaf? A bay leaf will usually have a rib in the middle that runs across the leaf to the tip. It is more visible from the underside of the leaf. Bay leaves can come in different sizes although their shapes will generally be the same.

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2013, 10:18:17 AM »
Craig,

It it possible that what you have is a bay leaf? A bay leaf will usually have a rib in the middle that runs across the leaf to the tip. It is more visible from the underside of the leaf. Bay leaves can come in different sizes although their shapes will generally be the same.

Peter

I don't think so. It was extremely thin and soft. It was difficult for me to even open it up for the picture. I had to carefully use the point of a knife. I would also expect bay to be a little more oval shaped.

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2013, 07:52:27 AM »
best bet would be to smoke it and find out what it was  :-D

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2013, 08:41:29 AM »
At first glance, it looks a LOT like the jalapeno leaves from the plant I"m growing right now.  I'll see if I can snap a photo to compare when I get home... but I would second the comment of that it's likely the same leaf from the Calabrian chile plant itself...

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2013, 10:54:36 AM »
Craig,

I am not sure what kind of leaf you found in the Calabrian chilies, but the leaf looks something like the leaves on my Serrano Del Sol pepper plants.

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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2013, 10:55:46 AM »
I'm pretty sure that Trinity hit the nail on the head and it is a leaf from the pepper plant.
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2013, 12:52:22 PM »
Craig,

I am not sure what kind of leaf you found in the Calabrian chilies, but the leaf looks something like the leaves on my Serrano Del Sol pepper plants.

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That's funny...they used a picture of jalapeno peppers on your Serrano tag.  :)
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Re: Can you identify this leaf found in Calabrian chilies?
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2013, 01:45:50 PM »
That's funny...they used a picture of jalapeno peppers on your Serrano tag.  :)

Bob,

I am not a pepper expert, but think Serrano peppers do look like the photo that is on the tag.  The Serrano peppers I grew before are just thinner and hotter than Jalapeno peppers.   

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