When you think of the zing of chillies, immediately those sensational Mexican dishes come to mind. Spicy fajitas, hot nachos topped with chilli con carne or salsa with that warming heat. Then close your eyes and think of your favourite garlic dish, freshly baked bread oozing garlic butter or creamy potatoes with that distinctive aroma.
As a nation, we have embraced these flavours, but let’s be honest, we don’t assume them to be very Irish. Garlic reminds us of the green fields of France while chillies transport us to the hills of Central America. And yet, on a cold winter morning, I find myself in north county Dublin stepping into a greenhouse bursting with those distinctive red and green peppers. And it is the only place in Ireland where you’ll find such a sight.