The Sad Story of My Jalapeños! (with a Happy Ending)

Jeff Finger
Jerusalem, Israel

There are a few kinds of chiles available in Israel, including a long green hot chile, but I really missed the taste of jalapeños, and decided to try to grow some on my balcony.

Geoff Mendelson, a friend of mine, gave me some seedlings and I repotted them.

July 26, 2005
They grew...
August 8, 2005
and grew...
August 19, 2005
and grew...
September 8, 2005
and finally bore beautiful fruit
September 22, 2005
which ripened,....
September 26, 2005
and with great excitement, I finally tasted one!!!!

And to my great chagrin and disappointment, there was practically no taste or heat whatsoever.

Help!!

If you has any suggestions, please write me.

But, wait!!

Addendum of January, 2006.... After the first pepper was no good, I tried more. In fact, I confidently took a big bite of the second jalapeño I picked, and I thought I'd never be the same. The rest of the peppers were fine, with good taste and quite hot.

January 6, 2006

In the end, I froze about 120 fruits that I had not used yet, and have many more than I know what to do with.

January 6, 2006

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