Add some heat and flavor to any dish
Capsaicin is the substance that gives jalapeño peppers their heat. Their heat comes from the veins surrounding the seeds. If the seeds are removed along with the veins, the pepper becomes less spicy.
How to select
Jalapeño peppers should be firm and smooth, with no visible blemishes. When selecting jalapeños, the peppers that appear to have "stretch marks" are typically hotter.
How to store
Jalapeños can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Wrap them in paper towels and place in a plastic bag, but do not wash. Rinse them right before use.
Ways to use
- Combine chunks of pineapples, onions, lemon juice, cilantro, and thinly sliced jalapeño peppers for a spicy kick to a mild salsa.
- Fire up the grill and place halved jalapeños coated in olive oil and minced garlic over hot coals. Heat until jalapeños are crisp and warmed.
- Jalapeños are great in all of your favorite dishes, especially if you like a little heat to your food. They’re great in casseroles, on tacos, in omelets, and so many more dishes.
Did you know...
- About 40,000 acres are dedicated for the cultivation of Jalapeño in Mexico.
- Jalapeño were the first peppers that traveled into space on a NASA shuttle.
- Yogurt or milk products can be used to put the fire out if you get one that's too hot.