Peter Piper’s Pickled Peppers

Most of us have attempted, at least once, to say out loud “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”  A few people, like Bruce, can say this nursery rhyme perfectly several times and really fast. But, I on the other hand cannot voice the rhyme, even once, without the words stumbling and crashing to the ground.

 

Here is Mother Goose’s full rhyme:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

 

Perhaps you would like to try right now to see where you fall along the pendulum of “Peter Piper” performers.

 

Even though I failed miserably with reciting “Peter Piper,” I did the next best thing – I canned a “partial” peck of pickled peppers.  Peter Piper would have been proud.

Various hot peppers from Sandoz Farm: hatch, salsa, serrano, jalapenos, and more. After sitting in salt water for seventeen hours they've been drained, rinsed, and drained again, and are now ready for pickling.
Various hot peppers from Sandoz Farm: hatch, salsa, Serrano, jalapenos, and more. After sitting in salt water for seventeen hours they’ve been drained, rinsed, and drained again, and are now ready for pickling.

 

Picturesque pickled peppers sitting on the counter at Mule Springs Farm.
Picturesque pickled peppers sitting on the counter at Mule Springs Farm.

 

Guests are coming, and although they will get to touch the pie pan and eat the Comice pear crisp, they must stay away from the pickled peppers, because the jars have not sealed yet.  Hence the imperative --Do not touch until after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Guests are coming, and although they will get to touch the pie pan and eat the Comice pear crisp, they must stay away from the pickled peppers, because the jars have not sealed yet. Hence the imperative –Do not touch until after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author’s Note:

How would you use pickled peppers in your foods?

 

And for those of you in other countries such as South Africa, Japan, and Germany—have you ever heard of this nursery rhyme or a similar tongue twister rhyme?

14 thoughts on “Peter Piper’s Pickled Peppers

    1. I am cooking challenged my friend, but I could sure paint a pretty peck of pickled peppers for you! Elisabeth– That is so true. This “is” your talent. And what would they look like– how might you depict those pickled pepper? It is fun to imagine. Thanks for sharing the thought. Sher

  1. Sher, \bruce, they look marvelous. We used to get pizza from this great pizza guy..it was called flags pizza, and had pizza representing various countries..He made one that was mexico with salsa, chicken and hot pickled peppers….and cheese of course…very yummy. you could also” give it away as christmas gifts to those you love”..and in saying this i am hearing lucy talk to Charlie brown…. you guys have worked your buns off this year, and i am impressed….

    1. Sher, \bruce, they look marvelous. We used to get pizza from this great pizza guy..it was called flags pizza, and had pizza representing various countries..He made one that was mexico with salsa, chicken and hot pickled peppers….and cheese of course…very yummy. you could also” give it away as christmas gifts to those you love”..and in saying this i am hearing lucy talk to Charlie brown…. you guys have worked your buns off this year, and i am impressed…. Hi Carol — thanks for posting. That pizza sounds great! I am enjoying using the peppers in everything! Tonight some pasta sauce, but I’ve used it in tuna salads and eggs too. Preserving take a lot of work, but it feels good to enjoy eating your labors and food from a local farm. I like that a lot. Sher

  2. I failed even reading the rhyme so I bow down to Bruce’s skills at the verbal judo. I think the peppers look great and I’d probably use them in pasta or salads or the pizza idea is a good one too. Very festive.

    1. I failed even reading the rhyme so I bow down to Bruce’s skills at the verbal judo. I think the peppers look great and I’d probably use them in pasta or salads or the pizza idea is a good one too. Very festive.
      Hi Karen:
      I had to smile at you getting “read-tied.” I plan on opening a jar tomorrow and trying my first pepper.

  3. Yes, I know this rhyme; but nothing to do with South Africa where I now live. It stems from my British childhood. I love cooking with, and eat, peppers – but not the hot variety. The sweet green, red & orange type.

    1. Yes, I know this rhyme; but nothing to do with South Africa where I now live. It stems from my British childhood. I love cooking with, and eat, peppers – but not the hot variety. The sweet green, red & orange type.
      Alison- maybe the origin is British. That’s interesting. I also enjoy sweet peppers. We can grow them here; I hope I can try growing them next year. Sher

  4. I hadn’t heard of that rhyme before, Sher, but it *is* very tricky to say quickly!! What a challenge!

    Love the jars of pickled peppers, and I hope they came out scrumptious.

    1. I hadn’t heard of that rhyme before, Sher, but it *is* very tricky to say quickly!! What a challenge!

      Love the jars of pickled peppers, and I hope they came out scrumptious. Thanks Reggie- Alison also from SA said she has heard of it but only because she heard of it in England, so that may even be the origin of the rhyme. Do you like hot peppers? Would you eat them with any of your fare? Sher

      1. Hi Sher – I probably wouldn’t, to be honest! Hot peppers (I presume they’re chilli peppers?) aren’t my favourites. But I love the way they look – so photogenic.

      2. Hi Sher – I probably wouldn’t, to be honest! Hot peppers (I presume they’re chilli peppers?) aren’t my favourites. But I love the way they look – so photogenic. Yes, Reggie – they are chili peppers. I wondered if you ate a lot of those in your part of the world. We have many Latino people in our area, and they love hot peppers. We have markets with peppers and spices, and I think this has helped me develop an enjoyment of hot peppers.

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