These Serrano chili peppers were grown by a neighbor of ours, when our farm was west of Phoenix in Maricopa County. She brought them from central Sonora, Mexico. The plants grew year-round in the southern Arizona climate for years (zone 9).
Our farm was about 1/2 mile from the Gila River back then. When we moved to Apache County, she kindly donated a nice stash of the old neighborhood’s favorite chilis.
The Serrano chili pepper originated in the mountains of the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo. The name of the pepper is a reference to the mountains (sierras.)
They have a bright, biting flavor, notably hotter than the jalapeño pepper.
Serranos are commonly used in making salsa.
Germination 89 percent – May 2021
Minimum 45 seeds