The poblano pepper:
- Originally found in the state of Puebla, Mexico.
- Heat intensity varies depending on age & variety (more details further down)
- Ideal for Southwestern and Mexican recipes
- Days from seed to harvest – about 200 (6 months)
- About 64 cm high
The poblano pepper is ideal for Southwestern and Mexican recipes, and when grown fresh is better than any you will buy in a shop.
The heat intensity varies depending on age & variety – test before using in recipes
Dried, it is called ancho or chile ancho. It’s also a terrific chili for a fresh mild salsa.
- Chiles en nogada – Mexico’s most famous dish ( see video below)
- Stuffed poblano peppers
- Hot & Smoky Roasted Poblano Pepper Salsa
Chiles en nogada recipe
How to grow poblano pepper at home
Available from Amazon you can grow poblano pepper outside or indoors.
How to grow poblano pepper outdoors (garden, balcony, etc.)
Poblano peppers prefer direct sunlight, well drained soil and need to be frost free.
If you want to grow them outdoors then the best option is to start them indoors about 8 to 12 weeks before the last frost and then transfer them when the nights are warmer.
They can be grown easily from seed but it’s very important to provide the right amount of moisture and to thin them out as they grow.
Fully grown they can be upto 64 cm in height i.e. an individual pot might be the best option.
How to grow poblano pepper indoors (hydroponics or aquaponics)
Because of the importance of moisture and light the poblano peppers are ideally suited for hydroponics with additional lights.
Not only are they easier to grow, but you will also get fast results.
For more details have a look at our guide to growing peppers indoors
Poblano pepper details
Dried, it is called ancho or chile ancho, from the mexican spanish name ancho (“wide”) or chile ancho. While poblanos tend to have a mild flavor, occasionally and unpredictably they can have significant heat. Different peppers from the same seed have been reported to vary substantially in heat intensity. The ripened red poblano is significantly hotter and more flavorful than the less ripe, green poblano. 75 days. One of the most popular chilis in mexico!