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Depending upon the source, serrano chilis are rated "medium-hot to hot," from a low of 10,000 up to 30,000 Scoville heat units.
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Serrano peppers are definitely at the hotter end of the scale, though rate "only" as medium-hot to hot. A prolific producer of 2" - 3" long peppers, the longer they stay on the bush, the redder they will become. These candle-shaped peppers may be picked while green, or patient gardeners can wait for full maturity around 80 - 90 days after planting. The pepper of choice for pico de gallo, serrano peppers are also popular for pickling or stir-fried dishes.
|Common Name||Serrano Hot Pepper|
|Culinary Uses||Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo, pickling|
|Harvest Time||75 - 90 days|
|Mature Size||Plant is 24"–36" tall, 18"–24" wide. Peppers are 2" - 3" long, narrow.|
|Cold Hardiness||Frost sensitive perennial grown as an annual|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|