A jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper. It is commonly picked and consumed while still unripe and green, but you can also find red ones. Jalapeños have 2,500 –10,000 Scoville units. Compared to other chilies, its heat level varies from mild to medium hot, depending on cultivation and preparation. The heat is concentrated in the membrane surrounding the seeds.
Most often, the jalapeño’s that you find on your plate are pickled, but they can be prepared in many other ways: stuffed, chopped, fried, smoked or roasted.