Serrano Hot Pepper
Serrano pepper is a small and spicy chili pepper that is commonly used in Mexican cuisine. It has a bright, fresh flavor and is typically hotter than jalapeño peppers. Serrano peppers are a good source of vitamin C and other beneficial plant compounds. They are often used fresh in salsas, guacamole, and other Mexican dishes, or pickled and used as a condiment. When selecting serrano peppers, look for ones that are firm, smooth, and free from blemishes or soft spots. Store serrano peppers in the refrigerator for up to a week. To prepare serrano peppers, remove the stem and seeds, and then chop or slice the pepper as desired. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling hot peppers to avoid getting the capsaicin, the chemical compound that makes peppers spicy, on your skin or in your eyes.