The most commonly smoked is the jalapeno, which is generally considered too fleshy to be dried. Smoked Jalapenos are called chipotles.
The ristra, or chile string, is the oldest and also the most attractive method for drying peppers, and it is still customary in many chile-producing countries.
One of the most commonly asked questions about Capsicum cultivation is, Can I save seed? The answer is yes, but of course there are qualifications to that statement.
Having transplanted your chile pepper plants into an actual garden, it’s time to think about the warmer months ahead.
What grows well with chile peppers in a garden? Jose’s stories of Milpas conjured forth that question into my mind last week.
After years of growing peppers in small plots in the Southwest, we have developed a system that works well because it allows us to grow peppers with most of the other vegetables and herbs in the garden.
We use the following technique to grow seedlings for transplanting with excellent results. Although we use it in semi-arid New Mexico, it should work equally well in other parts of the country.