Wis. food celebration features Beaver Dam pepper

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 --- 2:31 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Food enthusiasts are holding a weeks-long celebration of a hot pepper that they say is one of Wisconsin's endangered foods.

The Beaver Dam pepper is just one of many old vegetable varieties that seem to have fallen out of favor as farmers focused on hybrids bred to produce more while requiring less care.

The nonprofit Slow Food considers these foods culturally important and is working to find farmers to grow them, and chefs and food companies to popularize them.

The southeast Wisconsin chapter is promoting the Beaver Dam pepper with a celebration that starts Saturday with a cooking demonstration at the South Shore Farmers Market in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood.

The events culminate Sept. 21, when more than a half-dozen Milwaukee restaurants will serve dishes featuring the pepper.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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