Who Put the Habanero in the Jalapeño?: How Hybrid Pepper Seeds are Made

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At the core of your favorite hot sauce you’ll often find a pepper seed that serves as an essential component to both heat and taste. From habaneros to jalapeños, they become vehicles for delicious sauces. But there are only so many to choose from! With the desire for new tastes comes scientific advancements and the creation of hybrid pepper seeds.

Creating a hybrid pepper is done the same way you would create any new flower: through cross-pollinating. A more technical review of that process can be found here. When the pollen from one pepper plant is introduced to the flower of another pepper plant from a different species, the resulting pepper will have a seed that has the traits of both peppers involved.

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The process is not quick, as it takes many generations of planting and cultivating to create the perfect pepper. With each growing season you can choose which peppers have the traits that you most desire and continue to use those to push toward your goal of having a pepper that meets all of your wants and needs at once. As each season passes, the odds of having all of the desired traits present get higher and higher.

By understanding how hybrid pepper seeds are made, hot sauce creators and connoisseurs alike are able to enjoy the sorts of tastes and spices that were not previously possible. Knowing what you’re looking for is the best tool for pinpointing exactly which direction to head. Mix your favorite peppers together and continue to search for the precise recipe that makes your taste buds jump for joy!

Want to see what type of hot sauces with habanero or jalapeno that are available from Mild to Wild? Check us out online, or better yet, check out our blog for more information about us and our sauces. Your taste buds won’t know what hit them.

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