Even those relatively new to hot peppers know of the world famous Jalapeno, but Grande Jalapeno peppers are much larger than traditional Jalapenos. The size of the Grande Jalapeno is what sets it apart from other Jalapeno varieties, making it an ideal pepper for making Jalapeno poppers. Many people think of the Jalapeno as a very spicy hot pepper, but the Jalapeno pepper has only a mild to moderate heat level as it averages about 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Grande Jalapenos have the perfect amount of heat for those that like a little kick, but don’t want overbearing heat.
Although Grande Jalapenos are hard to find, the peppers are easy to grow. Other mild peppers that are easy to grow include Bell peppers, Mini Sweet peppers, and Serrano Tampiqueno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are the most popular pepper in the world because of their versatility, and Grande Jalapenos are a great choice because of their heat level, flavor, and girth. Grande Jalapenos are commonly picked and consumed while still green, but some people prefer to allow them to ripen before using them. For those looking for a spicier Jalapeno, the Billy Biker Jalapeno has more of a kick, averaging between 5,000 to 10,000 Scoville Heat Units.