Grow Vibrant Jalapenos

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Jalapenos are probably one of the easiest vegetables to grow.  Many gardeners avoid them because the taste is a bit spicy and they produce like gang busters.


My husband always says one would never know I grew up in the Pacific Northwest because my love for peppers is sometimes greater than those who grew up down south; I have to agree.

Prior to living in Texas the burn use to pierce my taste buds; after one summer of extreme heat that all changed.  I acclimated quickly and discovered many wonderful things about this awesome little vegetable that may come as a surprise.

How many Plants should you grow?

When we moved to the farm I was excited and our first planting season we started with six jalapeno plants.  They were in a nice little row right in the sunlight. We had jalapenos growing out of our ears; we couldn’t even give them away.

This is when we discovered that one plant was adequate for fresh harvesting and preserving for later. The point here is a little bit of jalapeno goes along way.

Tips for Growing Jalapenos

Jalapenos like well drained moist soil and they love the sun.  Soil should be fertile so make sure it’s been prepped prior to planting.

This year my single plant was added to the covered raised bed, this space also offers shade to help slow down production.  The plan is to keep this plant going through winter by covering this bed frame when the fear of freeze is in the air.

Red Jalapenos

When you leave jalapenos on the vine they’ll turn red and these peppers are less spicy.  Make sure to harvest right when they change color because they won’t last long at this stage.

The white lines on these peppers are actually dust from the air, once you wash them it disappears.

I cook with jalapenos all the time because they add wonderful flavor to certain main dishes.  If you want to decrease the spice simply remove some of the seeds first.

These peppers are vibrant because they don’t have the sun beating down on the all day long.  This allows for that nice lush green color that appears to naturally.

Health Benefits

Jalapenos are a rich source of vitamin C which is fantastic because that helps maintain a healthy immune system.  They also contain plant chemicals known as capsaicin and flavinoids.

The following list of health benefits may encourage you to add this vegetable to your garden, Jalapenos are not a cure but they can help improve a healthier lifestyle.  It’s just another great way to live a little greener.

  • Weight loss – Burns calories and fat.
  • Arthritis – Reduces swelling.
  • Cancer – Kills cancer cells.
  • Headaches – Eases pain.
  • Nasal Congestion – Clears sinuses airways.
  • Ulcers – Kills bad bacteria preventing ulcers from happening.
  • High Blood Pressure – Helps to lower.
  • Anti – Oxidant – Helps body fight and heal from damaging cells.

It’s pretty awesome when you add certain real foods to your diet you can always expect some pretty amazing health benefits to follow.

Growing vibrant jalapenos is really easy and something you may want to add to your garden the next planting season. I know I’m glad I have them fresh in the garden and ready to use in the freezer.

10 comments

  1. Wow I didn’t realize they had such healthy benefits! I need to eat more! This was a great post that I want to save for sure. Thanks for sharing this. I’d love for you to come over and link at The Fabulous Party. This is great information to share. Here’s the link:
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/10/fabulous-fall-party-lets-party.html
    Happy Fall!

  2. Karen King says:

    Hey Carole – it’s been quite a few years since I’ve grown them, but these have been some of the easiest peppers I’ve ever grown. We loved the fresh and spicy flavor!
    Tell me – How do you keep them from cross-pollinating with other peppers? I think they were our only pepper the last season we grew them for that reason, but I always want to grow so many different kinds, both spicy & seeet.

    1. Hello Karen – these are super easy and I’m a big fan of spicy!! I have a pretty large garden so I plant the same type of peppers together and then the different varieties are spread out. This seems to have worked pretty well over the years.

  3. Patti Estep says:

    Hi Carole,

    I’m sure you know that I’m a big fan of the jalapeno. I love them and can you believe that I am the wimp in my family who often ask for hot sauce at restaurants. I do find that when I buy them some are hotter than others. Maybe if I grow some I will have some consistency. I don’t have a lot of sun to grow in but if I can get by with just one it should be worth it. Thanks for all the good tips. I’ll put this in my plan for the spring. Any particular variety that you especially like?
    Thanks again and have a great week!
    Patti

    1. YES!! The smaller ones will always be hotter than the larger ones. This one that I’m growing is awesome but for the life of me I can’t remember the name. So send me your address in an email and I can send you some seeds if you like. It grew like a weed and I have it in part shade this year so you should be fun, just make sure it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.

  4. Joyce Olson says:

    I too enjoy growing a vibrant jalapeno and my crop did well this season too.
    Just like you, I have a large garden so there is no cross pollination with the bell peppers.
    I enjoyed this post!
    It was great seeing you this past week, feel so inspired after our visit!
    Hope you are having a great Sunday.
    Jemma

    1. Jalapenos are the best and like you know so much better from the garden. I haven’t done much today and then tonight discovered another batch of new baby quail in the sanctuary. Think they just hatched because I saw four peak out between the grass and a lot of chirping. Nice day – didn’t accomplish much as I decided it would be a day of rest. Inspired you say?? That makes me smile….

  5. Jane Peet says:

    love your pictures! I may need to eat a little more…great health benefits!

    1. Hey Jane – Yes embrace the jalapeno! Glad you liked the photos – My blog is moving to WP on Thursday sometime so hopefully my pictures will publish better. Excited the new site is pretty sweet.

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