My Picks for Hot Peppers

Jalapeno and Anaheim Green Chile Peppers
Jalapeno and Anaheim Green Chile Peppers

Wow did I pick four great hot peppers this year – thanks Botanical Interests! I’ve been growing hot peppers for quite a long time but this is the best combo that I have had for packing heat.   If I am growing hot peppers, then I want them to have some heat. This means I don’t want bell or sweet peppers in my favorite Mexican dishes.

Poblano Pepper
Poblano Pepper

In case you missed my post regarding seed ideas for hot peppers, just click on the link. I will be doing  “sow and grow” and “harvest and store” posts soon.  Sorry but I have been busy with my day job!  While I previously talked about the seeds, I wanted to give my personal endorsement.  In case you care what I think!

Here is what I liked about the ones that I picked.

  • The Jalafuego Jalapeno Pepper produces hot 6” peppers.  I used to grow the smaller versions from a different seed company.  Sometimes they were hot and sometimes they weren’t.  Some folks say you have to wait until the jalapeno turns red to be hot – not the case with the Jalafuego! Also, these peppers are twice the size.
  • The NuMex Joe E. Parker Anaheim Green Chile Pepper produces 8” long & thick walled peppers that are mildy hot. This plant is very productive so far.  Love it for grilling and stuffing!
  • While the Poblano Chile Pepper is fatter and shorter than an Anaheim, it still mildy hot. Great flavor and makes a killer chile relleno.
  • The Cayenne Chile Peppers are definitely HOT. This is not my favorite hot pepper, but it is so cute to grow in a container on the patio. Just because something is cute doesn’t mean it is not HOT. This seed packet includes color coded seeds for two different plants that have yellow or green peppers that mature into red. I only wanted to plant two cayenne plants – one yellow and one green. I don’t always get what I want – because I ended up with two green. That is ok because there is always next year!
Jalapeno and Cayenne Peppers
Jalapeno and Cayenne Peppers

In case you missed the two recent posts regarding using hot peppers for salsa , check out the charred red salsa and the fire roasted salsa verde.

 

 

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