You're pampering the plants, and picking the peppers too early.
When buying jalapeños at the grocery store, look for peppers that have
cracks in them, or are turning red. They will be the hotter ones
because they are more mature and/or grown when the plants were more
When growing your own, leave them on the plants a while after they get
big. Wait until they have stopped growing for maybe a week (or you can
wait and pick them red)
Or the seed company may have mixed up the seeds and you really got one
of those cursed mild jalapeño varieties.
I've said over the past few years that the jalapeños taste like
concentrated Bell peppers.
My friend agrees
I like them for substituting green peppers for taste, a little goes a
long way in cooking but
it's missing something. The jalapeño taste.
I believe it is a conspiracy.
Thank you. I have been reading this thread (which I started) for a week
and tasting jalapenos from the garden and the supermarket.
They are everything that has been said about them.... about the nicest
pepper on earth but they are not hot anymore.
They, like everything else, have been dumbed down for the mushbrained
If I come across a hot one, I will save the seeds and try to re-culture
We have been screwed again by those who "know" what we should like....
Wonder bread, Bud, chicken breast and now sweet jalapenos
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Yes, several of them, Google will show the way. In addition several
seedsmen rate their jalapeno's as to heat. I don't grow jalapeno's but
the local nurseries carry both the TAMU (Texas A&M University) mild and
the hotter versions. Keep it in mind though that jalapeno's are one of
the mildest chiles out there.
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There are lots of places that sell seeds. I bought from this place
earlier in the year:
and they were dependable and had a good selection. Hot peppers are one
of the hardest seeds to start and they take forever to get to a healthy
seedling that can be put out. The hottest pepper to grow easily are
Caribbean red habeneros. Although I did get some hot pepper seedlings
started from seed, my local nursery had lots of red hab seedlings and I
loaded up on them for the garden this year. It's a lot easier just
buying the seedling and be done with it.
Jalapenos never were hot IMHO. They're usually listed around 3000
Skoville Units whereas red and yellow habs run up to 300,000 Skoville
units. Even chili peppers for hot dogs are an order of magnitude hotter
than jalapenos. I gave up growing jalapenos years ago. Habs produce
more per plant and you can make a salsa with them that will make
everyone who eats it run to the bathroom to clear their bowels. It's
nothing but fun when habenero harvest time comes which should be in a
couple of weeks here.
i've never thought that they were that hot either........now my
tabasco and cayenne this year have been outstanding. brings you to
tears. ate a cayenne with lunch yesterday, it pure made the inside of
my nose burn. hot peppers are a great way to open the sinuses!
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