The Lemon Spice Jalapeno is a color variant of the well know pepper developed by the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University. This is my first time growing this prolific little plant, but after sampling a couple of the ripe fruit, it won’t be my last.

As expected the size, shape and color of the fruit on this plant are incredibly consistent, sporting that prototypical Jalapeno form. The smooth yellow skin is medium-to-thick walled and provides a satisfying crunch with each bite. Inside, the Lemon Spice fruit has plenty of yellow-tinged placenta filling the available space.

lemon spice jalapeno pepper

For the most part this fruit smells like your standard Jalapeno – lightly grassy, subtle. Thankfully, the flavor makes up for the gentle aroma. The pod is juicy with a solid sweetness up front along with citrus notes leaning toward the lemony end of the fruitiness spectrum. A light grassiness lingers.

The heat is of a low-to-moderate level depending on your tolerance with a smooth build up to a gentle and pleasing peak of warmth. The focus is across the tongue and, eventually, down the throat. A long lasting tingle of heat lingers well after the Lemon Spice has plateaued.

lemon spice jalapeno pepper

This is an outstanding little pepper. It’s got great flavor and a low level of heat that makes it perfect for someone like my wife. She enjoys adding fire to her meals, but not at the higher levels where she can’t enjoy her food. The Lemon Spice Jalapeno is a no-brainer addition to any food item and will make for a great option as a base for mild sauces.