Named for the town of Jalapa, Mexico, this is the most popular chile pepper in the United States. This pepper produces 3-inch, thick-walled, moderately hot pods with deep green color that matures to a bright red.
Jalapeño plants yield a bountiful harvest in dry or humid, hot or cool climates. Set plants 18 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart. The compact plants grow well in containers, too.Jalapeño became the first pepper in space when a bag full of pods accompanied astronauts on the shuttle Columbia in November 1982!