January 18, 2011
Chile Pepper Institute Introduces ‘NuMex Jalmundo’
New jalapeÃ±o pepper perfect for poppers
JalapeÃ±o fans take note"”a new, jumbo pepper is now available for your eating and cooking pleasure. The New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program recently announced the release of a large-size jalapeÃ±o pepper dubbed 'NuMex Jalmundo'. According to Paul Bosland, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at NMSU and co-founder of the nonprofit Chile Pepper Institute, "the name Jalmundo is a contraction of jalapeÃ±o and the Spanish word for world (mundo), implying that it is as big as the world."
The jalapeÃ±o, sold fresh, frozen, canned, and pickled, is one of the most popular and most recognized chile peppers grown and consumed in the United States. JalapeÃ±os were originally named after the city of Xalapa, Mexico, where they are traditionally grown. 'NuMex Jalmundo' originated from a hybridization between a bell pepper, ('Keystone Resistant Giant'), and a jalapeÃ±o ('Early Jalapeno').
A new consumer favorite is the category of large jalapeÃ±os used for making poppers, breaded and deep-fried jalapeÃ±os stuffed with cheese that are popular appetizers throughout the country. "Fruits of 'NuMex Jalmundo' are perfect for use as poppers", noted Bosland. The new jalapeno should please most popper enthusiasts; with a heat level of 17,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), 'NuMex Jalmundo' is considered to be medium hot.
Image Caption: The new jalapeno variety is medium hot with large fruit. Credit: Photo by Paul Bosland
On the Net:
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- 'NuMex Jalmundo' seeds are available now from the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University at www.chilepepperinstitute.org, and will be offered next year through Renees Seed.
- The complete study and abstract are available on the ASHS HortScience electronic journal web site: http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/cgi/content/full/45/3/443