Species: Capsicum annuum


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Species Capsicum annuum
Origin Mexico
Scoville Unities 5.000 - 15.000
Pungency Degree 5
Unripe Color Green
Ripe Color Red
Length 40 - 80 mm
Diameter 20 - 25 mm

General Info

Serrano chili peppers are fleshy, but not as much as the jalapeño chili pepper. They have many more seeds that’s normally found on chili peppers, practically filling them by complete.


Serrano seeds germinate generally after 10 days. Serrano plants can take more than 75 days to reach their ripe state and their height can reach up to 440 millimeters. Their roots are strong, robust and Serrano chili peppers can be harvest already in their unripe stage (green).

Gastronomy Tips and info

Serrano chili peppers are usually used on sauces, salads and Rice. In Mexico and southeast of USA they are as famous as jalapeño. Serrano chili peppers are also commonly used as a replacement for chili peppers like thai in many recipes (3 Serrano chili peppers generally replace 1 thai chili pepper). Serrano chili peppers are not recommended to be dried, instead fried if desired.