Let’s learn more about Fresno pepper!

Fresno pepper is a popular chili in the US with a cone shape and thick smooth skin like wax. It has many levels of spiciness suitable for different recipes. If you’re a Fresno pepper fan, you can’t miss out on these pieces of information about it!

1/ What are Fresno peppers?

 What are Fresno peppers

Fresno pepper is commonly grown in the US, a moderately sized chili of the Capsicum annuum family.

Fresno pepper is conical, 2-inch long and about 1 inch in diameter at the stalk, and it gets smaller towards the end of the fruit. The appearance and taste are somewhat similar to Jalapeno or Serrano peppers. Fresno pepper contains many seeds surrounded by a thick layer of flesh on the outside.

The fruit is initially bright green before turning orange and red when it reaches full maturity.

The unripe Fresno pepper has a green color and a spicy taste ranging from mild to moderately spicy. Therefore, it can be the primary or secondary ingredient of many dishes such as salads, stir-fry dishes, soups, stews, marinade, etc.

A fully matured Fresno pepper will have a bright red color, and a very strong hot spicy taste, so it’s often used only as a spice or minced to make a sauce.

Read more: 10 Interesting Types of Chili Peppers You Should Try

2/ Some Fresno pepper facts

Here are some facts about Fresno pepper that you may not know:

  • Because of its thick skin, Fresno pepper is not easy to be dried. Therefore, it is not used to make dried pepper or chili powder.
  • On the spiciness scale, Fresno peppers make up 2,500-10,000 Scovilles.
  • Fresno peppers reach their highest nutritional value when they are bright red. They provide an excellent amount of vitamins C and B, iron, niacin, magnesium thiamin, and riboflavin.
  • Eating Fresno peppers also reduces cholesterol because they are low in calories, fat, and potassium.
  • Capsaicin contained in Fresno pepper is also a natural analgesic and an anti-inflammatory substance.
  • The typical dishes when it comes to this type of chili are ceviche and salads.  Also, Fresno peppers can be utilized as toppings for tostadas, burgers, tacos and hot dogs. Fresno pepper is big enough to be stuffed with cheese, potatoes, seafood, or ground meat. However, it is only for those who can tolerate its hot and spicy taste.

Fresno peppers are perfectly healthy if consumed in a sufficient amount.

3/ Where did Fresno peppers originate from?

Where did Fresno peppers originate from

Fresno pepper is native to California – the city of Fresno. It was developed by Clarence Brown Hamlin and commercialized in 1952. Fresno peppers are still grown primarily in the U.S., especially in the San Joaquin Valley.

Since its origin is in the USA, Fresno pepper has long been popular with Americans and associated with the food culture here.

4/ How to store Fresno peppers

There are many ways to preserve Fresno peppers, here are some of the suggestions that Long Produce would love to recommend for you.

Store Fresno peppers in the freezer

By putting Fresno peppers in the freezer, you retain both their shape and taste since they won’t get wilted or wrinkled easily as they would in the cooling compartment.

Step 1: Remove the stalks of the peppers, rinse and let dry.

Step 2: Put it in a container or a bag to separate the peppers from the outside environment.

When you need to use the peppers, you just need to get them out of the refrigerator and rinse them with water, then you can use them as fresh peppers.

This way of preserving is the most recommended way because they keep the peppers fresh for a long time without changing the taste. By putting Fresno peppers in the freezer, you can keep them fresh for 1 to 2 months.

Preserve the peppers by soaking them in vinegar

When soaking peppers in vinegar, you can preserve the pepper for longer, however, its taste will be slightly changed.  In addition to the familiar spicy taste, the preserved peppers will have a mild sour taste of vinegar. Many people prefer the taste of these to the original taste of peppers.

Step 1: Remove the stalks of the peppers, rinse and let dry.

Step 2: Put the peppers in a small jar and pour the vinegar in until all the peppers are submerged in vinegar. You can poke many small holes into the pepper to make it get sour faster.

Step 3: Add a few slices of garlic and cover the jar, then put it in the refrigerator.

This way, you can preserve the chilies for about 1 month. Besides, you can also try to enjoy Fresno peppers with a more special taste.

There are also other ways such as storing chili peppers with table salt or drying peppers. However, these methods are not recommended for Fresno peppers.

Notes when storing chili peppers

Preserving fresh chili peppers is not difficult, you can follow the below ways to make sure the peppers are kept fresh:

  • If you only need to store chili peppers for a few days, you can put them in the refrigerator with a temperature of about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they may wither day by day.
  • The best way is to store the peppers in the freezer.
  • You should only wash the peppers gently to remove dirt, avoid rubbing them too hard, and let them dry completely before storing them.
  • Check carefully to make sure the chili peppers do not have any brown spots or smell strange before purchasing them, and throw away wilted peppers.

You can find fresh Fresno peppers right at Long Produce‘s store. Please contact us to get them now!

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