New Mexico Big Jim Pepper
Introduced in 1975 by New Mexico State University, this cross between a Peruvian chile and various types from New Mexico produces high yields of bright green, mildly hot fruit that mature to red. It is popular because of the very long, tasty, 10- to 12-inch pods. An obvious choice for chiles rellenos, Big Jim may vary some in pungency from plant to plant.
- Light: Full sun
- Fruit size: 10 to 12 inches
- Matures: 76 days
- Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches
- Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide
- Scoville heat units: 500 to 2,500 (mild)