Variety: Fresno Chili Peppers

Variety Overview

Fresno chilies have a conical shape similar to jalapenos, but with broader shoulders. They have glossy, waxy skin and a flavor and heat similar to a jalapeno when raw; when cooked, they have a smoky flavor. They can be green, orange or red. Red peppers are about 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units, and orange are about 2,500 to 10,000.


  • Peppers, Chili
  • Cooking Vegetables,Salad Vegetables
  • Glossy and green, orange or red, similar to a wide-shouldered jalapeno

  • Firm, crisp and juicy

  • Spicy, with a flavor similar to jalapenos when raw; a sweet and smoky flavor when cooked

  • About 3 inches long

  • Green, orange or red

  • Conical, similar to a wide-shouldered jalapeno

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Small, flat, white seeds embedded in a cotton-textured membrane

  • Year-round

  • Photo courtesy Frieda's Inc.

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