Jalapeno Hot Pepper
Jalapeño peppers are one of the best-known hot peppers. They grow well throughout the US.

Jalapeño Hot Pepper

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 3 inches
  • Matures: 72 days
  • Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size: 24 to 48 inches tall
  • Scoville heat units: 2,500 to 5,000 (medium)

Named for 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. The skin may show a netting pattern as fruit ages, but it does not affect flavor. Often, the heat of the peppers will vary, even those from the same plant. If peppers grow fast, get plenty of water, and are harvested soon, they may be milder than peppers that stay on the plant a long time, or that develop slowly and under stressful conditions.

Widely adapted, jalapeño plants yield a bountiful harvest in dry or humid, hot or cool climates. The compact plants grow well in containers. Use jalapeño on nachos or in salsa, or smoke the mature red ones over mesquite chips to make your own chipotle sauce. Jalapeño became the first pepper in space when a bag full of pods accompanied astronauts on the shuttle Columbia in November 1982!

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Jalapeño Hot Pepper is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pepper I didn't touch mine until September when they started to turn black and boy were they hot! To get not as hot peppers harvest early or buy bell peppers. This plant needs very little attention, frost will of course end its life, so don't plant too early. Great flavor and great heat make this pepper my favorite all around pepper.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tastey My husband and I planted 3 of these plants last year for the 'heck' of it. I particularly don't like spicy foods. The 3 plants produced a great amount of peppers. They were a wee bit spicy for me. We used them as decor on my table for "taco" night. There was enough to go around! I even donated some to a bachelor party where the guys had to down a beer to chase the heat of these! All good fun. You gotta love the heat for these.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good flavor low heat: The peppers are definitely jalapenos. They have excellent flavor and fairly good production. They are definitely on the low end of the heat scale. 3-roma tomatoes, 3-jalapenos, juice of one lime, a dozen sprigs of cilantro, 1 clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and a quarter of a small onion will make a salsa of medium heat
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought a couple plants in the spring. My plants are doing phenomenally well. They are well over 5ft tall. I have had flowers all summer, but the heat has been a beast in N. TX this year. However, now that it has cooled down, more flowers are staying on the plant and starting to produce fruit. If half of them turn into Jalapenos - I don't know what I am gonna do with them all! This is my 3rd year growing the plants and this is by far the best batch! I really want to preserve them thru the winter. Guess I have research a bit further to see what will work best for my situation.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing these in a container and they seem to be doing just fine. The plants would probably grow larger and produce more in a bigger pot than we have, but they don't seem stressed out by being in a somewhat smaller pot either. It's producing a nice amount of good, classic jalapeno peppers. Zippy but not too hot. Good for a one-or-two-slice-per-nacho amount of heat.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are growing GREAT in New Mexico so far! Great yield and a really nice flavor. They are definitely not the hottest jalapenos you will ever have - I would say they're on the milder end as far as jalapenos go.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have two of these plants in container. They are now 3 years old and winter over in our small greenhouse. These peppers have very nice heat, I make sure to leave them on the plant a full 70 days. Right now, in mid March, I have blooms setting and a pepper about
Date published: 2015-03-15
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