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Jalapeno (Traveler Strain) Pepper

SKU: 1526
$3.95 to $33.08

Item Details

From Seed Savers Exchange member Larry Pierce of Cabool, Missouri. Named Traveler because Larry carried this seed with him when he moved to Oklahoma, Wyoming, and then Missouri. Sturdy plants covered in cylindrical fruits that average 3" long. Fruits ripen from green to bright red.

  • 70-90 days from transplant
  • Conventional
  • Best-selling hot pepper
  • Hot pepper
  • Cylindrical fruits grow to 3 inches
  • Peppers ripen from green to bright red

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Roasting
  • Salsa
  • Pickling
  • Drying

This pepper is: HOT

Wear rubber gloves when processing hot peppers and do not touch your eyes. If you are sensitive to the heat, make sure to wear a mask over your mouth and nose and protect your eyes.

Try adding this pepper to salsa recipes. You can also try making your own hot sauce with these peppers. Sauté them with olive oil, garlic, onion and salt, and after about 4 minutes add 2 cups of water. Heat the mixture for 20 minutes and then allow it to cool to room temperature before pureeing it in a food processor and adding vinegar.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.

  • Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 14 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

Small peppers


The flavor of these jalapeno style peppers is average with thick walls, but their size is unusually small.

Good Hot Pepper


Had a high yield, and are hotter than your average jalapeno. Just to clarify (from a previous review), the description says they only get to be 3 inches big. These are meant to be small, but potent.

Zone: 6a
Garden: Raised Garden Beds

Great production per plant


Our Jalapeños were majority average size from small to medium; with few that are large. But the production of the number of peppers per plant outweighs the size; you'll get plenty of peppers per plant. Great pepper for salsa, stuffed jalapeños for snacks or freezing for future dishes such as enchiladas and cornbread. Very easy to grow and spicy flavor.

A beautiful little Jalapeno


Small but beautiful Jalapeno, with virtually no cracking when fully ripe. Great for Jalapeno poppers because the heat level is good but not excessive. Plants quite productive and peppers ripen fully well before frost in Iowa.

Didn't grow


Maybe user error but the seeds started off great. Once hardened off and planted after 3 weeks they did nothing. So sad

Seed Savers Response: Hi Kate, I’m sorry to hear this variety didn’t do well in your garden. Please reach out to our customer service team for variety and planting suggestions and tips.

Hydroponic, tiny but powerful


Grown hydroponically in an Aerogarden Sprout these were about 1-1.5" long when they started to crack. Very spicy for a jalapeno; I need to wear gloves to cut them and gather seeds. Harvested when they were green - I'm a little afraid to wait until they turn red. Great production for the small planter; I'm excited to try them in a larger one next time.

Small and hot!


I've been growing these for several years, with the original seed stock coming from SSE. Small fruit, very hot. I've never seen one reach 3 inches, no matter the weather. Not a hit against them by any means, these are my favorite Jalapeno, but unless the stock has shifted, I'd say it's time to update the description. Christmas light size is more accurate