Texas State Pepper


Jalapeño pepper plant

Jalapeño peppers on the plant; photo by Satrina0 on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). 


Texas designated the jalapeño as state pepper in 1995. The US demand for jalapeños rises every year due to the popularity of Mexican and Tex Mex foods. On a hot pepper "heat index", the jalapeño is considered mild. Texas ranked first in the production of jalapeño peppers nationwide in 2000. The chiltepin however (the other state pepper of Texas) is on the other end of the heat index.