Spicy exchange / 2023
Best peppers for salsa
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A notable advantage of green bell peppers is their striking similarity in flavor to jalapeños sans the heat. This makes them an excellent substitute for those who desire the classic taste of salsa without any fiery sensations.
For those who want a little bit of a kick without melting their face off, these peppers offer a perfect balance of flavor and spice for salsas and pico de gallos.
For those craving a bit more heat, serrano peppers step onto the stage with a similar flavor to jalapeños but noticeably spicier.
When venturing into the realm of hot salsa, it’s essential to handle these peppers with caution, considering their fiery nature. Wearing gloves and avoiding touching your face or eyes after handling them is a must.
Scotch bonnets are an excellent option for those seeking a hot salsa pepper with a Caribbean flair. Ranging from 100,000 - 350,000 SHU, these peppers offer a fruity, sweet taste that complements the fiery kick.
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