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Peppers Jalapenos
A small green chile pepper that is mildly hot. They are named after Jalapa, the capital of Veracruz. Serrano peppers are a good substitute when there are no jalapenos on hand. In comparison with other chillies, it has a heat content that varies from mild to hot depending on how it was grown and how it was prepared. Most sources agree that much of the heat, due to capsaicin and related compounds, is concentrated in the seeds and the veins - deseeding and deveining can reduce the heat imparted to a recipe that includes jalapenos. The jalapeno rates between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units in heat. Good-quality Jalapeno peppers should be firm, smooth-skinned and have solid green coloring. Dry lines are not a blemish. They are signs of a mature pepper and indicate hotness. A chipotle is a jalapeno that has been smoked.