I love Jalafuego Jalapeno Peppers. These hot peppers are longer and chubbier than other varieties of jalapenos. Jalafuego Jalapenos grow from 4 to 6 inches long.
Did you ever buy jalapenos from the store or grow them and some are hot and some are not? With this variety you don’t have to worry – they are always HOT! According to Botanical Interest’s website which is where I bought these seeds from, these peppers are 4,000 to 6,000 on the Scoville Units Chart. Most jalapeno are between 2,500 and 5,000 on the chart. Also, it is suggested that the pepper is the hottest when it turns from green to red. You should still be prepared and wear plastic gloves even when the peppers are green.
I usually start the Jalafuego peppers three months before the last spring frost and transplant them between 2 weeks and one month after the last spring frost. The plants should be spaced between 18 and 24 inches apart. This plant can reach up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. While the Jalafuego Jalapeno plant matures in 70 days from transplanting, don’t worry as it will continuing producing after 70 days as long as the weather cooperates. It just means that it will be at its full fruiting stage in 70 days.
While I harvest these peppers when they are green, I usually grill them to char the skin and use them for making Charred Salsa. I do have to update the Charred Salsa post soon! Since jalapenos have a thinner skin, I don’t remove the skin like I do for NuMex Joe E. Parker Anaheim Green Chili Peppers. If I have extra jalapenos, I will usually char the skin on the grill, individually freeze the whole pepper with the charred skin on a cookie sheet and then store them in a freezer container or a FoodSaver bag in the freezer. This way I can add them to a meal later on.