Ancient Aztecs were reportedly the first to use jalapeños, but they only dried and smoked the peppers. Jalapeños are grown in Mexico, china, Spain and many other places. After they are harvested jalapeños are stored at 45°F they will have a shelf life of up to 3-5 weeks. If you get one that is too hot the best way to calm the heat is eat or drink dairy products. Capsaicin is the substance that makes the jalapeño hot. If you remove the seeds the pepper becomes less spicy. Interestingly enough the Jalapeño pepper was the first pepper that traveled into space on a NASA shuttle. Jalapeños are rated at 2500-10000 Scoville units.

Health Benefits:

Jalapeños help with many different things like weight loss, Arthritis, cancer, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and many more things. Jalapeños have what is called Capsaicin which is great for weight loss and is actually found in many weight loss pills. Capsaicin is used for many things such as it has been found to kill cancer cells, it is an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce arthritis pain. Jalapeños are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.


Recipe: Jalapeño Hummus

3 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeño peppers and reserved juice, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin, curry powder, and crushed red pepper. Blend until smooth.