Field Notes

Fresh Green Jalapeño Chili Pepper

As far as fresh chilies go, jalapeños are among the most recognizable and easy to find. These stalwart pepper are hearty growers, with thick skins that make them suitable for many types of cooking. They can stand up to frying or grilling, and are perfect for pickling (as evidenced by every nacho platter in America).

Sourcing and storing: Fresh jalapeños are available at most grocery stores and Latin markets; they’re also easy to grow in a pot during the summer months. Store them at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.