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'NuMex Jalmundo' introduced: New jalapeño pepper perfect for poppers

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January 18, 2011
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American Society for Horticultural Science
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The New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program recently released a new jalapeño pepper named "NuMex Jalmundo". The large pepper is being marketed for use in making the popular snack food jalapeño "poppers". With a heat level of 17,000 Scoville Heat Units, "NuMex Jalmundo" is considered to be medium hot.

The new jalapeno variety is medium hot with large fruit.
Credit: Photo by Paul Bosland

Jalapeño 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 jalapeño 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 jalapeño and the Spanish word for world (mundo), implying that it is as big as the world."

The jalapeño, sold fresh, frozen, canned, and pickled, is one of the most popular and most recognized chile peppers grown and consumed in the United States. Jalapeños 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 jalapeño ('Early Jalapeno').

A new consumer favorite is the category of large jalapeños used for making poppers, breaded and deep-fried jalapeños 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.

'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.


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  1. Paul W. Bosland. 'NuMex Jalmundo' Jalapeño. HortScience, 2010; 443-444

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American Society for Horticultural Science. "'NuMex Jalmundo' introduced: New jalapeño pepper perfect for poppers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 January 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118101602.htm>.
American Society for Horticultural Science. (2011, January 18). 'NuMex Jalmundo' introduced: New jalapeño pepper perfect for poppers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118101602.htm
American Society for Horticultural Science. "'NuMex Jalmundo' introduced: New jalapeño pepper perfect for poppers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118101602.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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