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Mayor Gets Hot Under The Collar

Wednesday 7th July 2010

 

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, was not entirely sure what was in store for him when he visited Edible Ornamentals, at Cherwood Nursery, Chawston on Friday 2nd July.

 

The chilli specialists who own Edible Ornamentals, Joanna and Shawn Plumb, took the Mayor on a guided tour of the growing tunnels – The 3-acre site grows more than 40 different varieties of chillies and a selection of fresh vegetables. 

 

The couple grew their first chilli peppers while living in South Texas, USA in 1994 and brought their passion for the capsicum with them when they returned to England two years later. Since then they have won a contract to supply Morrison’s stores in the East of England, and also sell their products at farmers markets, garden shows, and food and wine shows.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to Joanna and Shawn’s infectious passion for chilli peppers and gardening, Edible Ornamentals embraces the surrounding community while its regional and national reputation continues to grow. They frequently entertain civic groups and other visitors with talks, tours and delicious food!”

 

Joanna Plumb said: “The Mayor tried one of our hottest sauces (Inferno), which contains habanero chillies, some of the hottest chillies in the world. The Mayor’s bravery didn’t go unnoticed, and he was a great sport.”

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