Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!

How to Pick Spicy Jalapeños | One Quick Tip

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!
How to Pick Spicy Jalapeños | One Quick Tip

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!

Jalapeños are a staple in my kitchen, its herbaceous kick adding life to so many dishes. But if you’re like me, perhaps you get frustrated with its inconsistency. Some jalapeño peppers are hot and spicy, while some are as watery as celery.

So how do you go about picking a spicy jalapeño, without playing Russian roulette?

There is a way!

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!
Look for the lines.

Have you ever noticed that some jalapeños have lines that run down the length of the pepper, while others are smooth and plump? Well, just like people, peppers wrinkle as they age, and as they do, they are more likely to be spicy.

So if heat is what you’re after, choose peppers with fine lines, and perhaps slacker skin for more kick. Likewise, look for younger, smooth skinned jalapeños for a tamer bite.

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!

And of course, you can always control the heat by choosing to add (or omit) the white pith within the peppers. The pith (and not the seeds) is the source of the spice.

Ever struggle to pick spicy jalapeños? Learn how to pick spicy jalapeños with One Quick Tip!

So when in doubt, look for those fine growth lines, or stretch marks. Proof once again, that sometimes things do get better with age!

I hope this helps you as you shop for jalapeño peppers! Do you have another way to pick spicier peppers? Let me know in the comments below.

Ready to try it? Recipes using jalapeños:

Red Cabbage & Jalapeño Slaw
Fig, Jalapeño Jam and Blue Cheese Pizza
Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Soup
Jalapeño, Corn and Cheddar Arancini
Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce
Cilantro-Sriracha Turkey Burgers

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Comments

  1. Aysegul Sanford

    I had no idea that the aged ones are spicier. I, too, use jalapenos every day and love the kick that you got from them. So good to know. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Marcie

    Aaahhh, so that’s it! I always pick the smooth plump ones because they look better. Lol. Love this tip Liren!

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  3. Liz

    Wow! I never knew this. I always pick the most flawless ones in case I need to photograph them. This will now change :)

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  4. Mary

    Good to know Liren. I like my peppers a little less spicy, so now I’ll know just how to pick the perfect peppers for my taste.

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  5. Anne

    Thank you for the great tip..I use Jalapeno’s every day. eat them with everthing.. I can’t live without them

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