Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jalapeno peppers being bred to hold more cheese

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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The trickle of molten cheese inside a jalapeno pepper just became a raging river. Popular Science reports that New Mexico State University's chili breeding program has created a new "extra large, medium hot jalapeno pepper precisely optimized for jalapeno poppers." The NuMex Jalmundo will change the menus at bowling alleys forever. 

The peppers, created at NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute, are a hybrid of bell pepper and jalapeno. The bell pepper provided a larger interior cavity, perfect for stuffing with cheese and then frying. The Jalmundo has a heat level of 17,000 Scoville Heat Units, about double the average jalapeno pepper, but still well below the 1,359,000 of the Naga Viper.

As for the name, Paul Bosland -- the co-founder of the nonprofit Chile Pepper Institute -- explained the meaning in a press release:

The name Jalmundo is a contraction of jalapeno and the Spanish word for world (mundo), implying that it is as big as the world.
As long as I can still fit the whole world in my hand, I'm onboard with a bigger, stronger, faster jalapeno popper. You can buy the seeds online now at the Chile Pepper Institute's Web site.

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