Traditional Chiles

Jalapeno, Serrano, Anaheim, and Big Jim

(Capsicum annuum)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

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Capsicum annuum Traditional Chiles

I call these chiles the traditional chiles you find in your Mexican grocery store. Some are dried pepper pods and all can be found fresh.

Jalapenos are the chile used is many kinds of foods. Heat levels can vary because some are hotter than others. You can use it in so many ways, but smoking and roasting brings out a different flavor.

Anaheim and New Mexico Big Jim. These chile plants are almost the same but the Big Jim gets a little larger and is grown by chile farmers in New Mexico for roasting. They both have a mild to low medium heat level. Famous for making Southwestern sauces and dishes but large enough to stuff and bake. Just like the Jalapeno smoking and roasting brings out a very nice flavor.

Serrano is from Mexico and is slightly hotter than Jalapenos. Used in Mexican cooking and salsa.

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!