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Old 08-20-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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Jalapenos from the same plant?

My most prolific jalapeno plant was very disappointing with the lack of heat from the peppers. All summer, I've just chopped them up and used them like regular green peppers.

This morning I picked a few red and green jalapenos (from the same plant) to put in a macaroni salad. I chopped them up like I have been and put a lot of them in the salad for color.

Well, the first bite had my mouth on fire and that's what I had been looking for.

My question is: Why were they so mild in the beginning and now have great heat?

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Old 08-20-2006, 03:00 PM   #2
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I guess your particular jalapeno had to mature more and turn red. Usually the seeds are the hottest part of the pepper.
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Old 08-20-2006, 05:21 PM   #3
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The green ones were hot also... It was just a weird summer for my bush.
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was it a new plant Jan?
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Old 08-20-2006, 05:29 PM   #5
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Actually its not the seeds that give the heat, its the veins in the pepper so for a milder Jalapeno scrape those out
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:29 PM   #6
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Quote:
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Actually its not the seeds that give the heat, its the veins in the pepper so for a milder Jalapeno scrape those out
Well this is only kind of true. The seeds themselves do not contain any of the oil that the heat comes from. That does come from the veins. However, because of the close proximity of the seeds to the veins, the oils rub off and get all over the seeds so because of that the seeds do actually contribute to the heat and removing them will lessen the fire in your mouth.

Jan I am curious about your peppers as well. I have never had luck with jalapenos until this year. My past two years mine were as hot as bell peppers, but yesterday I pulled in my first one of the year. I took a bite and thought I was going to die. Needless to say, I am thrilled that this years peppers have heat!
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I find my plant takes 2 blooms for it to be spicy
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:39 PM   #8
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Is your jalapeño plant close to any other hot pepper plants? Cross-pollination is very common and if, for example, you have a habanero next to the jalapeño, cross-pollination will affect the "heat" .
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:43 PM   #9
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cliveb, does it matter if the hab plants have not produced a single fruit?
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Well then GB! I stand corrected.
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