Early Jalapeno Chile Pepper

Lots of bold flavor in a small, 3" pepper, jalapeños are the staple pepper of Mexican cuisine. Inside this packet is everything you need to know about growing peppers, and how peppers are rated for their hotness. Jalapeños rate 2,500-5,000 Scoville Heat Units (medium hot).

When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks after average last frost when air temperature is at least 70° F and soil temperature is at least 65° F.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. In USDA zones 9 & 10, can also sow in midsummer for fall crop.

Harvesting: Harvest when mature size, and firm. Jalapenos can be harvested green or red, and are hottest just when they begin to turn from green to red. When harvesting, take care to avoid touching the interior of any broken peppers, as the capsaicin is an extreme irritant, especially to the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after harvesting, or wear gloves to harvest peppers.

Artist: Pat Fostvedt