Fresno Chile Pepper
Fresno Chile Pepper Stats
Length: 2 - 3"
Scientific Name: Capsicum annuum
Other Names: none
Scoville Range: 2,500 - 8,000
Fresno Chile Pepper Origin and History
The Fresno pepper gets its name from the Fresno region of California where it was first cultivated. It closely resembles the jalapeno pepper but is usually hotter.
The Fresno pepper is most commonly grown in the Southwest region of the United States and many places in Mexico.
Fresno Chile Pepper Description
The Fresno pepper can be used when green, but is at its ripest peak when it is red. The green peppers are often used to add a mild heat to dishes. Once it turns red the pepper becomes much hotter.
The Fresno pepper has a waxy skin and thick flesh. The pepper itself is generally about 2 to 3 inches long and usually about an inch thick. It has a similar appearance to the jalapeno and serrano peppers.
The Fresno pepper contains more vitamins than the jalapeno, especially Vitamin C. This pepper is also an excellent source of Vitamin B as well as iron, niacin, magnesium, thiamin, and riboflavin. The main drawback of this pepper is that it doesn't dry well and therefore is not ideal for chili powder.
Fresno Chile Pepper How to Serve or Use
The Fresno pepper is often used in ceviche's or salsas, or in dishes that a jalapeno would be used. Since they do not dry well they are almost always used fresh. They are often used as a garnish in many Tex-Mex dishes.
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