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Jalapeño Peppers

Information about Jalapeño chilli Peppers

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Jalapeno Peppers which belong to the Capsicum family ,  are one of the best-known chili peppers and are used worldwide.  They are usually about 5cm/2 inches long,  have a conical shape, and range from a medium to dark green in colour, turning red when ripe. They are fairly hot but not as fiery  as scotch bonnets or habanero peppers. 



Both Jalapenos and their dried smoked form,  chipotles,  are used extensively in Mexican cooking,  dating back to the time of the Aztecs. In fact Jalapenos take their name from the city of Jalapa which is in the Mexican area of Veracruz from where they are believed to have originated.


Store them in a cool dark place or unwrapped in the refrigerator crisper where they will keep for a week or so. Do not store  in plastic bags or clingfilm as this will make them rot. Storage time can be increased by placing them in oil.


As with most chilies, the heat is concentrated in the seeds and ribs.  Remove all or some of these parts to lessen the heat, being very careful not to touch your eyes until you've thoroughly washed your hands.


You can find  recipes using Jalapeno peppers throughout this site and in particular on the Mexico Cooking by Country page.


Happy cooking!

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