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.
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.
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.
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.