Re: [gardeners] jalopenos

Ron Hay (
Thu, 05 Jul 2001 15:14:23 -0700

Hello, Carolyn,

When I grow jalapenos, I usually wait until they are about 3" long and
have some black coloration around the shoulders.

I have found that the weather definitely influences the Scoville factor
in jalapenos: the hotter the weather, the higher the Scoville rating.

For instance: in November, my jalapenos are so mild that they could be
substituted for bell peppers in recipes; that is NOT the case in August!

When the jalapenos turn red, there is a nice fruitness with the heat, a
fruititness that is absent when they are green.


Van Nuys, CA