Hot Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper 'TAM Mild Jalapeno I'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: TAM Mild Jalapeno I
Additional cultivar information:(aka TAM Mild Jalapeno 1, TAM Jalapeno 1, TAM Mild 1 Chile)
Hybridized by Villalon
Registered or introduced: 1981
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Medium (4" to 6" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Potato Virus Y (PVY)

Seed Type:



Fresh (salsa, salads)




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Early (55-68 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Lewes, Delaware

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Jeanerette, Louisiana

West Islip, New York

Akron, Ohio

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Brazoria, Texas

Canyon, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 26, 2016, Flatheadsicknes from New Cumberland, PA wrote:

Its an awesome pepper !!! It is very productive as long as I keep it picked. Its heat is perfect after I take the seeds out. Tam and Fooled You peppers are the only Jalapeno peppers I can handle.


On May 13, 2009, cherylandtoto from Akron, OH wrote:

Heavy producer! Great pepper flavor with almost no heat (none if you remove the veins and seeds.) These are WONDERFUL when grilled with other vegetables.
Grew them in containers. So loaded with peppers, we had to stake the plants. Heavy feeders, so be generous with the time-release (Osmokote) fertilizer. Definitely recommend!
Cheryl from Ohio


On Jun 16, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great flavor, very mild heat. Easy to grow.


On Aug 25, 2006, VEGGIEHAPPY from New Braunfels, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have had the best luck with Tam Jalapeno. It blossoms and sets fruit in the hottest weather, and there are always a never ending supply of peppers from june through frost. I grow the small variety, and I'm going to save my seed this year.

Most of my peppers are mild, but every now and then I get one or two hotter than a serrano.....weird.


On Dec 6, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An early , almost heatless cultivar developed by Texas A & M. Grows well here and is great for uses where regular Jalapeno's are too hot.


On Sep 2, 2004, mspenta from Deer Park, TX wrote:

I do find it milder, but with all the flavor of the other varieties. This is my new favorite.


On Jun 13, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is said to be be a milder form of the Jalapeno Pepper. I use it as I do the other and unless the seeds are removed I really dont taste any difference in flavor or heat. So I use it spairngly. Some people that are use to the hottness of the regular Jalapeno say it is milder...

This one is hard to get in our area come planting time so I am trying to get seed of it and start my own. I didn't keep any seed from the others and I am not sure it would grow true. I thought more folks would be buying it but I guess they want the one's that are like fire.....LOL 7/5/09