Jalapeno Pepper Varieties: Which One Will You Grow?

When I first started growing peppers, I had no idea there would so many different types of jalapeno peppers I could grow.

I mean Jalapenos typically come in green or red in the grocery store.

You don’t have to limit yourself to that!

Not only was I surprised to discover the yellow jalapeno, purple jalapeno and other colorful varieties, I also found jalapeno peppers with other characteristics too.

For example, some jalapeno peppers have a such as a shorter growth period. Others, have a hotter or lower heat level.

Below, is a list of some intriguing Jalapeno varieties that you’ll definitely want to add to your garden.

(Side note… If you need help finding any of these jalapeno pepper varieties, be sure to visit The Pepper Seed Vendor List.)

Purple Jalapeno Pepper

This is a personal favorite.

Purple Jalapenos grow on a beautiful plant that can produce almost black leaves (in full sun) and purple flowers.

The chillies start off green, then turn purple and end up red. You can eat them at any color stage.

Watch out! This pepper is twice as hot as a regular Jalapeno!

purple jalapeno pepper growing on the vine
Purple jalapeno pepper. Copyright GrowHotPeppers.com.

Yellow Jalapeno Pepper (Jaloro)

The yellow jalapeno pepper, or Jaloro, was developed in 1992 by the Texas Agriculture Extension.

Although it’s often sold in it’s golden yellow state, this chile will turn orange and end up red. You can eat these chillies at any color stage.

If you like mild heat with a slightly fruity aftertaste, this pepper is for you.

Even better, the yellow jalapeno is highly resistant to many viruses that often afflict other peppers.

Note: I don’t have a pic of the Jaloro, but there are other yellow jalapenos you can grow. Below is an example of another yellow variety.

yellow jalapeno seeds
The Lemon Spice Is Another Yellow Jalapeno Variety

Mucho Nacho Jalapeno

The Mucho Nacho Jalapeno is a larger variety of jalapeno pepper as it grow up to 4 inches long.

You’ll find that these chillies tend to be longer and wider than standard Jalapenos, which makes them ideal for stuffing.

These peppers start off green and then turn red. I’ve found both colors to be extremely hot.

This is the Jalapeno pepper you want if you love heat.

Mucho nacho jalapeno growing on pepper plant.
Mucho Nacho Jalapeno

Billy Biker Jalapeno

Another hot one, the Billy Biker Jalapeno backs up high heat with incredible Jalapeno flavor.

You can expect these chillies to grow up to 3 1/2 inches long, and they are extremely prolific.

Enjoy these peppers in both the green and red stage.

TAM Jalapeno

The TAM Jalapeno is the pepper you want if you just want the delicious Jalapeno flavor without the heat.

You can expect a mild taste that ranges from 1,000 to 3,500 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

Eat them in the green or red stage when they are 3 inches to 4 inches long.

Black Jalapeno

Yes, these Jalapeno peppers come in black!

The Black Jalapeno is another eye-catching variety that starts off green, changes to black and ultimately turns red at the end of its growth cycle.

These peppers have a high heat, grow up to 3 1/2 inches long and are very prolific.

If you want help growing out your jalapeno peppers, be sure to check out The Pepper Seed Starting Guide. This ebook contains all the steps that explain how to go from seeds to healthy, outdoor-ready plants.

Jalaro Jalapeno

The Jalaro Jalapeno just explodes with so much color that you can grow it for the chillies or use it as an ornamental feature.

This mild Jalapeno variety begins as a golden yellow, changes to orange and then ends up red.

Even more, this variety is resistant to six viruses that commonly affect pepper plants.

NuMex Pinata Jalapeno

If you love color, and I mean LOVE it, add the NuMex Pinata Jalapeno to your pepper garden!

Developed by New Mexico State University (NMSU), these chillies change from green, to bright yellow, to orange and ultimately red.

The NuMex Pinata has the average size and heat of a Jalapeno and makes a colorful salsa.

Early Jalapeno

If you’re in an area that has a shorter growing season, add the Early Jalapeno to your grow list.

This Jalapeno grows to approximately 3 1/2 inches long and has a delicious, hot flavor that ranges anywhere between 4,000 to 6,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

These peppers mature in approximately 60 days.

When To Harvest Jalapeno Peppers

When you eat your Jalapenos depends on your preference.

I’ve noticed that green Jalapenos tend to be hotter in the green stage, and the mature red peppers have a sweetness to them.

Some of these varieties display stretch marks, or corking, which lets you know they’re ready.

Personally, I recommend experimenting with the jalapeno pepper variety you grow by picking them in various color stages and sizes. This way, you can discover what tastes the best to you.

jalapeno pepper chopped up

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