The Jalapeño Chilli is one of the most commonly recognised fresh chillies in the market worldwide which has predominately come from the pickled variety and the use of slices on our favourite pizzas. The Jalapeño offers a mild to medium flavour profile and is a must-have for chefs and cooks across the globe.
The Jalapeño originated in Mexico and is named after the city of Xalapa (Jalapa). A mature Jalapeño Chilli is 5–10 cm long and has a round, firm, smooth flesh which is thick-skinned and crunchy. It can have a range of pungency, with Scoville heat units of 3,500 to 8,000.
Despite it most commonly being picked, pickled and consumed when still green, the Jalapeño actually matures to a vibrant red, and actually gets hotter as it matures. Until the rise of the famous Siracha style of Chilli sauce, much of the red Jalapeño crop was wasted across the Western World. The Red Jalapeño is the base of this famous sauce.
What to Expect in 2019-2020
2019 has also seen an emergence in the BBQ rubs market with Red/Green and Smoked Jalapeño playing a major part.
Expect to see changes to the versatility and usage of the Jalapeño in the next 18 months, within Australia we also expect to see a requirement for Australian Country of Origin produce. We will start to see this product used as a filler in burgers, bread, chicken, cheeses, hummus rather than just the usual sauces and dips that we are used to in the market place. The innovation is around using a product that the market understands but using it in a unique way to bring in new profiles and users.
The drinks market is also an emerging space for the Jalapeño as a perfect accompaniment to the trusty Mexican tequila.
Siracha Style Sauce
Siracha is a style of sauce and has become the largest trending chilli sauce in the last year and this is based on the famous Thai-inspired hot sauce (also known as rooster sauce) you love to put on everything.
A traditional Siracha uses the red Jalapeño as a base which is blended into a fine process and the fermented over time with distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. You will also see some green Siracha style sauces on the market using the Green Jalapeño.
Chipotle Chilli & Sauce
Chipotle Chillies are smoke-dried ripe Jalapeño Chillies. They are mainly used in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Tex-Mex and Southwestern dishes. Throughout Australia, the majority of Chipotle products use the Red Jalapeño although worldwide you will see Guajillo Chilli, Anaheim Chilli and Wax Peppers as the base. Chipotle sauces have become very popular throughout the world and add a kick to recipes such as fish tacos, lasagna, fried chicken or pork, and Mexican mole sauce.
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