Capsicum Annuum, Jalapeño
This is one of the classic chillis I would want on my desert island list. Highly productive, easy to grow and a great all purpose mild chilli.
Origin Veracruz state, Mexico
Plants are robust and have an upright habit. In the ground they reach 3.5 – 4ft, smaller when grown in pots.
Fruit pods are 5-7cm long and 2.5-4cm wide tapering to a blunt end, fruit have thick flesh walls sometimes cracked or striated with thin brown lines. Fruit are glossy and mature from green to red in around 70-75 days.
Flavour Medium, big flavour strongly capsicum and distinctly Jalapeño, the flesh gets sweeter when red.
Use: most commonly used when green either fresh or pickled. In mexico the red jalapeños are smoke-dried and the called chipotles. Fresh jalapeños are an excellent all round not-to-hot chilli 2 or 3 can be thrown into a dish giving great flavour but without making it too hot.
Seed Source The seeds I started with came from a seed saver in Denmark and the variety was perhaps Conchos which may have been an F1. I’ve grown it out and although there is a fair bit of variability all plants produce classic tasting, quite large Jalapeño chillis. I’ll keep going with this strain because I like it the pods remain glossy and do not crack.