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PlantFiles: Hot Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Goliath'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Goliath
Additional cultivar information: (aka Jalapeno Goliath)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):
Hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:
Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Fresh (salsa, salads)

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative IndianaBodeen On Sep 2, 2013, IndianaBodeen from Wheatfield, IN wrote:

How can you state that this is a hybrid and that you can also collect seeds from the plant. If you collect seeds from this and expect to grow true plants the next season, I hope you have other hot peppers to eat or you will be buying your peppers.

Positive Weedwhacker On Feb 7, 2010, Weedwhacker from Bark River (UP), MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Large, thick-walled jalapenos; excellent for making "poppers." Note: In the plant information this is shown as open pollinated, but I believe it is a hybrid.

Positive majordon On Oct 25, 2005, majordon from West Sacramento, CA wrote:

I grew 8 of these and all came in with a good 6 to 10 peppers all about 4"x1 1/2". Pretty hot but not 30 times hotter than regular. Said to be 30 scoville units hotter than a regular hot jalapeno. It seems to be true. The more you pick them the more they produce. It takes a few weeks to renew the ones you pick but they come back over and over. I have put 8 more in my small greenhouse and they are doing great. Took about 3 months to get to blossoms and the peppers are all over the place.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 4, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 66 day large (4 X 1 1/2 inch) hot (7000 scoville units)hybrid jalapeno.

Neutral daisyavenue On Aug 5, 2004, daisyavenue from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Supposedly the hybrid Goliath is 30 times hotter than the regular jalapeno. They grow to about 4 inches in length and 1 1/2 across. They will turn red eventually if left on the plant but are almost a black green when ripe.

We did not find them very hot but it could be due to not being stressed as they are in a well watered bed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Long Beach, California
West Sacramento, California
Wheatfield, Indiana
Bark River, Michigan
Las Vegas, Nevada
Fort Worth, Texas

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