Information about Jalapeño
Ingredient - Mexico
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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
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.
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.
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.
can find recipes using Jalapeno peppers throughout this site and in
particular on the Mexico Cooking by Country page.
Cooking by Country - Mexico