Jalapenos are from Mexico, and are also the state pepper of Texas. Jalapenos are not just cultural ambassadors, but are leaders in science, being the first pepper to have flown in space.
Buy fresh, green, firm peppers featuring smooth shiny skin and blunt ends.
Store them in the vegetable drawer inside the refrigerator for up to a week.
The smoother and fresher a jalapeno pepper appears, the more mild the flavor will be. Older jalapenos are hotter and their skin is less smooth with white lines.
Make spiced margaritas by adding some seeded and stemmed jalapenos to your next batch.
Use jalapeno juice to clear your sinuses when dealing with seasonal allergies and colds.
You can build up your tolerance to capsaicin (responsible for the spicy kick in hot peppers) with increased exposure. Are you a total beginner? Make sure to start slowly and use spice sparingly at first.
Wear gloves while handling hot varieties of chili peppers.
To make Jalapeno poppers, split jalapenos halfway lengthwise, remove seeds and stuff with cream cheese then bake for 15 minutes at 350 ºF. You can also wrap them in bacon and deep fry.
Add some diced jalapenos to your favorite cornbread recipe for an extra kick.
Fresh jalapeno peppers are a rich source of vitamin-C, which not only fights off sickness but is essential for collagen synthesis within the body.
Capsaicin, which is responsible for all that spicy goodness, has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-diabetic properties.
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