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Jalapeño Variants

(Capsicum annuum)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy






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Early Jalapeño

(Capsicum chinense)



Named early because it fruits early but has a nice kick of heat for a Jalapeno. The Early Jalapeno peppers grow to just over 2 inches long and are average for Jalapeno size. These are very easy to grow and do well in short season climates. The Early Jalapeno chile plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall. The peppers if left on the plant too long like other Jalapenos will turn red. They are usually eaten when green.













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Farmer's Market Jalapeño

(Capsicum annuum)



The farmers Market Jalapeno is also called the Potato Jalapeno. It looks like it has a potato skin texture. A closer look it appears that someone wrapped it up in white thread like a mummy! This appearance is found in other peppers and is called corking. It does not have a negative impact on the flavor. The farmers Market Jalapeno is very sweet with a mild heat. It is an large size Jalapeno. Some peppers will get huge!! Also one of the tastiest Jalapenos I have ever had! It is great for stuffing, sauces or salsa! The Farmers Market Jalapeno Chile plants grow up to 3 feet tall.











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NuMex Lemon Spice Jalapeño

(Capsicum annuum)



This is the Lemon Yellow Jalapeno created by a breeding project that started in 1995 at New Mexico State University at the Chile Pepper Institute. They also created two others in this project named Orange and Pumpkin Spice. The original crossing was done with the Permagreen Bell pepper and the Early Jalapeno. The Chile Pepper Institute has always been successful of producing peppers with new colors. Now there are many other colored Jalapeno variants in the World but they do not retain that color to the ending ripening stages. These stay the color till the end which makes them unique. From a Culinary perspective they each have more fruitiness than the regular Jalapeno. And each one tastes different. The NuMex Lemon Spice has a good Jalapeno heat level. They are very productive and best flavor is when fully ripened to Yellow. The NuMex Lemon Spice Jalapeno Chile Plants grow about 2 feet tall.







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NuMex Orange Spice Jalapeño

(Capsicum annuum)



This is the Orange Jalapeno created by a breeding project that started in 1995 at New Mexico State University at the Chile Pepper Institute. They also created two others in this project named Lemon and Pumpkin Spice. The original crossing was done with the Permagreen Bell pepper and the Early Jalapeno. The Chile Pepper Institute has always been successful of producing peppers with new colors. Now there are many other colored Jalapeno variants in the World but they do not retain that color to the ending ripening stages. These stay the color till the end which makes them unique. From a Culinary perspective they each have more fruitiness than the regular Jalapeno. And each one tastes different. The NuMex Orange Spice has a good Jalapeno heat level. They are very productive and best flavor is when fully ripened to Orange. The NuMex Orange Spice Jalapeno Chile Plants grow about 2 feet tall.







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NuMex Pumpkin Spice Jalapeño

(Capsicum annuum)



This is the darker Orange Jalapeno created by a breeding project that started in 1995 at New Mexico State University at the Chile Pepper Institute. They also created two others in this project named Lemon and Orange Spice. The original crossing was done with the Permagreen Bell pepper and the Early Jalapeno. The Chile Pepper Institute has always been successful of producing peppers with new colors. Now there are many other colored Jalapeno variants in the World but they do not retain that color to the ending ripening stages. These stay the color till the end which makes them unique. From a Culinary perspective they each have more fruitiness than the regular Jalapeno. And each one tastes different. The NuMex Pumpkin Spice has a good Jalapeno heat level. They are very productive and best flavor is when fully ripened to very light Orange. The NuMex Pumpkin Spice Jalapeno Chile Plants grow about 2 feet tall.






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Zapotec Jalapeño

(Capsicum chinense)



The Zapotec Jalapeno is an Old World Jalapeno from Oaxaca, Mexico. It was one of the many older peppers that date back to the time of the Aztecs. But why you are seeing it now is because it has a story. I obtained mine from Louisiana grower and friend Gary Montcalm. But Gary found out about this pepper from Beth Boyd. So I, Jim Duffy have decided that this informational post about the Zapotec Jalapeno will be dedicated to the Memory and Legacy of the Chile Queen Beth Boyd. Beth was a native Houston, Texan. She passed away at the young age of 55 in October 2014. Beth Boyd had a website called Peppermania. On it you could find pepper seeds, BBQ supplies, spices and many other items. But Beth was not just another seller. Beth went to other countries especially Mexico and brought back seed varieties many of us never grew till she told us about them. Many were from Oaxaca region. The Chilhuacle types especially.

Also Beth known as the "Chile Queen" was also called the "Aji Queen". Because she was one of the first people to expose us to the Aji pepper types. Beth also brought attention to the Foodarama Scotch Bonnet she discovered in a local store. Isn't it fascinating for you all to finally know who she is and the Legacy she passed onto us Chile growers and spicy food lovers! We need to always remember Beth! Now back to the Zapotec Jalapeno. Beth brought back this pepper from Oaxaca. It soon became her favorite Jalapeno and the only one she would grow in her garden. It has a smoky sweet flavor. It ripens from green to dark red and will get cracking lines lengthwise on the pepper skin. It has a high jalapeno heat level. Perfect for poppers or salsa but also just roasting as well. The Zapotec Jalapeno chile plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall. This was Beth's favorite Jalapeno. Because of her love for peppers and Chileheads you now can experience it. As I have said before there are more important things than the World's Hottest Pepper. The Memory and Legacy of Beth Boyd is more important. Please grow and share her story and enjoy the Zapotec Jalapeno!


At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).

We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant varieties!