PlantsPeppers→Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Serrano')

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Heredity: Open Pollinated
Country of Origin: Mexico

Data specific to Peppers (Edit)
General Type: Serrano
Pepper Shape: Other: Bullet shaped
Fruit Length: 2 - 3.5"
Fruit Width at Shoulders: 0.33 - 0.5"
Fruit Ripening Color Sequence: Green to Orange to Red
Days to First Harvest and Maturity: 70 green, 80-90 ripe red.
Scoville Heat Units (approximate SHU): 10,000 - 30,000
Heat: Medium Hot 2.5-30K SHU

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 20 - 36"
Plant Spread: 16"
Fruit: Showy
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual


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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 10:53 PM

I've found this pepper to have a "sneaky" heat. On first taste, it doesn't seem that hot, but after a moment, the heat sneaks up on you, and you're in trouble! Of the hot peppers I've grown, it seems that the Serrano plants I've planted have the widest variety in how hot the peppers turn out to be. Some years they seem barely above a jalapeno in heat, while other years they are blisteringly hot. I recommend caution until you determine just how hot your particular serranos are! This pepper is a frequent ingredient in the hot pepper sauce I make for my husband. I don't find it contributes much flavor, but it sure does kick up the heat a few notches!

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