Jalapeño Pop Quiz! Test Your Pepper Knowledge

How well do you know the most popular hot pepper around?

Our ten question jalapeño pepper quiz tests your knowledge of this super-popular hot pepper. From Scoville heat units, to history, to flavor – see how well you know this chili.

All answers to our quiz can be found in PepperScale articles about the jalapeño, so feel free to search the site to discover what makes this pepper tick. Here’s a big hint to get you started – give our jalapeño profile page a read before you start!

How hot is the jalapeño pepper in Scoville heat units?

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The jalapeño sits at the very bottom of the medium-hot level of chili peppers, 2,500 to 8,000 SHU.

What flavor is not related to a fresh green jalapeño pepper's flavor profile?

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The flavor of fresh green jalapeño peppers often is considered grassy, bright, or even bitter. "Sweet" is the outlier. Though jalapeños, as they age to red, can get a little sweet over time.

True or false? Jalapeños can be different colors.

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All peppers, not just the jalapeño change colors as they age on the vine - in the jalapeños case from green to red. Though it's the young green version that's the most popular in stores. There are also varieties of jalapeños that are completely different colors (like the purple jalapeño).

When a jalapeño is smoked and dried, what is it called?

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All four possible answers here are dried chili peppers, but it's the chipotle that's the winner here. They are made from smoked and dried red jalapeño peppers.

Which popular hot pepper is not hotter than a jalapeño?

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In order of heat this group runs: poblano (1,000 to 1,500 Scoville heat units), jalapeño (2,500 - 8,000 SHU), and cayenne/tabasco (sharing the same 30,000 to 50,000 SHU heat profile).

In what country did the jalapeño originate?

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The jalapeño originated in Mexico, specifically in Xalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Roughly how much land in Mexico is dedicated to growing jalapeño peppers?

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It's actually just a little more than 160 kilometers - this is a major product for Mexico.

Typically, what is the maximum length a jalapeño grows to?

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Jalapeños typically range from 2 to 3 1/2 inches, though there are varieties that grow longer.

True or False? Red jalapeños are typically the same level of spiciness as green jalapeño peppers.

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This is a tricky question. The jalapeño Scoville heat range is the same for green and red jalapeños (2,500 to 8,000). But, red jalapeños are typically hotter for their median heat than green jalapeños. This is because they stayed longer on the vine, increasing their capsaicin content. See our red jalapeño vs. green jalapeño post for more.

Which of these is not an alternative name for the jalapeño pepper?

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The aji charapita is not an alternative name for the jalapeño. It's actually a tiny Peruvian pepper with a surprising bite!

Jalapeno Pop Quiz
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 24, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on September 2, 2019.