(Capsicum Annuum Var ‘Jalapeno’)
Not only does jalapeno have a fairly decent amount of spice, but it can actually help lower blood pressure, fight migraine headaches, and lose weight. Jalapenos are originally from Mexico and were the first peppers in space in 1982 on the space shuttle, Columbia.
(Capsicum Annuum Var ‘Poblano’)
Poblanos like most peppers contain an alkaloid compound, capsaicin, which gives them a mildly spicy character. Poblano Peppers originate from the nation of Mexico and are actually gluten-free.
(Capsicum Annuum Var ‘Cayenne’)
Cayenne has been found in America as far back as 9,000 years ago but is originally from French Guiana. Cayenne is also known as Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, aleva or bird pepper, and red pepper. A small tip when dealing with Cayenne peppers is don’t wash them until you are ready to use them as this prolongs their life off of the stem.
(Capsicum annuum ‘Serrano’)
The name of the pepper is a reference to the Sierras Mountains which are fairly close to its point of origin (Mexican states of Puebla). In fact, The Mexican states of Veracruz, Sinaloa, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas produce about 180,000 tons of serranos each year! That’s a whole lot of spice!
(Capsicum annuum ‘Banana Pepper’)
Not surprisingly, the Banana Pepper got its name from its bright, yellow color and long, banana-like shape. Hailing from South America, they technically are not considered hot peppers, giving either zero heat at all or a very mild kick at 500 Scoville Heat Units.
(Capsicum Annuum Group)
Bell Peppers are originally from South America but spread to Central America as far back as 5200 and 3400 B.C. Peppers are actually considered a fruit because they are produced from a flowering plant and contain seeds. Red Bell Peppers have more than twice the Vitamin C of a Green Bell Pepper.
(Capsicum Chinese Habanero Group)
In 1999, the habanero pepper was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s hottest pepper. Habaneros originate from the Amazon region of South America and are best preserved by freezing them whole in vacuum-sealed bags.