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Pimiento de Padron is a traditional tapas chilli from Galicia in Northwest Spain, where the young green fruit are harvested when about 5cm long.
Left on the plant, the fruit will eventually grow to about 3 x 10cm, turning from green to red as they mature. At this stage, the fruit are thin-fleshed, quite hot and useful as a spice.
Wear gloves when handling chillies.
Select only ripe, healthy fruits; cut open and take out the seeds.
Dry out on a kitchen towel and then store in an airtight container in a freezer.