The Marc Steiner Show

May 20, 2010 – Hour 2

Have you ever heard of the Maryland Fish Pepper? In another Urbanite Radio Story, we look at the history of this local hot pepper.  It faded out of popularity and was almost lost, but a few people are working to bring the Fish Pepper back to Maryland.

Our guests are:

Scott Carlson, founder of the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative, and author of the Urbanite article The Prodigal Pepper.

Mick Kipp, owner of the local spice store the Whiskey Island Pirate Shop in the Mill Valley General Store. He’s partnering with One Straw Farm to bring back the fish pepper for a line of spice rubs and sauces.

Alexia Savold, a horticulturalist for the Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves Maryland history at a site along the Potomac River

Michael Twitty, a local culinary historian who focuses on the food eaten by African Americans during slavery

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Sunday, June 6, 2 p.m.
    “Kosher Soul” Lecture and Presentation by Michael Twitty

    Michael Twitty, an African American Orthodox Jew; a culinary historian of Afro-American and Jewish foodways and a Hebrew school teacher of almost a decade, shares his eclectic experiences in defining his identity within contemporary American culture through teaching, learning, cooking and spirituality.

    In conjunction with Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges. Museum admission required. Visit for information.

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