A PIG FARM AND PEPPERS – HOW TO GENERATE VALUE ORGANICALLY
At Taaibosch Piggery, we believe in making the most of what we have on our pig farm. We are passionate about sustainability and lessening our environmental impact.
To this end, Taaibosch Piggery has embarked on a new venture: The production of peppers and Sweet Palermo® peppers as an extension of the pig farm. We focus on organic production by utilizing piggery compost and effluent in a very precise manner. This adds value to our production and generates value from a by-product, which is a natural extension and diversification to our piggery.
USE OF ORGANIC FERTILIZER ON OUR PIG FARM
We have a manure separating and composting facility, where effluent is utilised as a valuable resource. We compost the solid fraction of the separation process. This is used as organic fertilizer to enhance the soil before planting the peppers. After separation, we inoculate the liquid fraction of the effluent with balanced microbes to break down the organic matter in the water - which is then used as organic liquid fertilizer. This is applied with fresh water in the drip irrigation system.
WHY TAAIBOSCH PIGGERY CHOSE SWEET PALERMO®
One of Taaibosch’s focuses is intensive farming and niche, quality products. Therefore, Sweet Palermo® was a natural choice for our business.
Taaibosch Piggery is part of the Sweet Palermo Growers Group, an exclusive, specially selected group of growers who are authorised to produce Sweet Palermo®. Sweet Palermo® is a sweet, pointed, twisted pepper. Compared to other peppers, it has:
A thin skin;
Few seeds inside. The seeds are all in the top part of the pepper, which makes cleaning them a very simple process;
A longer shelf life;
A rich, sweet, juicy flavour. It is higher in natural sugars than regular peppers;
It can be cooked and eaten in many different ways. For recipe ideas, have a look at Sweet Palermo Recipes. Sweet Palermo® peppers can be eaten raw or cooked, and are sweet enough to be enjoyed as a snack. You can even add them to the braai!
HOW TO IDENTIFY A GENUINE SWEET PALERMO®
Look out for the following differentiating features, compared to other peppers:
1. Dented (this doesn’t mean it’s damaged!); 2. Round tip; 3. Hint of chocolate (slow colouring); 4. Twisted neck; 5. Thinner flesh.
INDEPENDENT TASTE RESEARCH
An independent test panel from Wageningen University of Research compared the taste of Sweet Palermo with that of other types of pointed and bell peppers. “The conclusion: Sweet Palermo is significantly different in terms of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, aroma, and toughness of the skin. Sweet Palermo® is less bitter than other peppers. This unique vegetable is sweeter, juicier, and has a more intense aroma. That aroma also contributes to the sweet taste.”
The flavour of Sweet Palermo® develops more slowly than other peppers. Its intense taste develops over the course of a long ripening process. A rounded tip prevents it from breaking and keeps it fresh for longer, which means it has a longer shelf life. This makes it great value for money!
Sweet Palermo® peppers are high in vitamin C. They also provide vitamin E, B6, and B11 (Folate). Keep in mind, however, that nutrient values will vary, as Sweet Palermo® peppers are a natural product. Factors which may contribute to changes in the nutritional value include season of the year, farming method, and growers.
WHY TRY A SWEET PALERMO®
If you haven’t tried a Sweet Palermo® yet, there are many reasons to:
High nutritional value;
Longer shelf life;
Wide range of ways to prepare and eat it, including as a sweet snack.
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Varieties and Colours:
Sweet Palermo® peppers: Radius - Red Obedius - Orange Yosemite - Yellow Bell Peppers: Ilanga & Massilia - Green, Yellow, Red