Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pepper Profile: The Mild Jalapeño

If you love the flavor of jalapeños and want an even milder version of the original, try the mild cultivar, sometimes sold a “coolapeño”. 

Named after the town of Jalapa, Mexico, this is the most popular chile pepper in the United States. Jalapeño produces 3-inch, thick-walled, moderately hot pods with deep green color that matures to a bright red.  Sometimes there are hints of black or purple on the skin as well. The skin may show a netting pattern as fruit ages, but it does not affect flavor. Harvest jalapeno peppers by pinching them carefully from the stem when they are firm. Jalapeño plants yield a bountiful harvest in dry or humid, hot or cool climates. The compact plants grow well in containers.

The jalapeño is pretty much the perfect amount of heat for those that like a little kick, but don’t want to challenge their taste buds to a duel. This is truly a pepper that’s found its niche, and it’s got big time fans all over the world.

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