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New Jalapeno Engineered to Be Stuffed With Maximum Amount of Cheese the Human Body Can Handle

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The jalapeno popper-eating public has spoken and it feels the need...the need for more cheese.

Thankfully, the New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program was there to step in. It has just announced the release of the "NuMex Jalmundo," an oversize jalapeno bred from a "Keystone Resistant Giant" bell pepper and an "Early Jalapeno" um, jalapeno. The NuMex Jalmundo will be able to handle previously unheard of amounts of cheese being stuffed down its...its...y'know, whatever you call the neck-type part of a pepper.

Paul Bosland, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at NMSU and co-founder of the non-profit Chile Pepper Institute, says, "the name Jalmundo is a contraction of jalapeño and the Spanish word for world (mundo), implying that it is as big as the world."

Well, now that we've got that out of the way, let's get down to brass tacks.

According to HortScience, the publication of The American Society for Horticultural Science where Bosland's new popper-optimized jalapeno cultivar was introduced to the academic community, "Replicated trials were conducted at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center 5 km south of Las Cruces, NM. Data for fruit size and yield were based on a randomized complete block design with four replications containing up to 30 plants each over 3 years. The plants were grown using standard growing practices commonly found in southern New Mexico (Bosland and Walker, 2005). From each plot, 10 randomly selected fruit were used to calculate averages for quality traits. ‘NuMex Jalmundo’ produces excellent yields of 9.5 cm (3.7 inches) long · 3.6 cm (1.4 inches) wide pods. The pods mature from green (Munsell color rating: 5 GY 5/8) to red (Munsell color rating: 7.5R 3/12). ‘NuMex Jalmundo’ has a per-pod weight greater than ‘Early Jalapeno’ but equal to the F1 hybrid ‘Grande’. The yield of ~67 MT/ha of the open-pollinated cultivar, NuMex Jalmundo, was equal to that of ‘Grande.'"

Savvy investors will likely be playing this news by taking a look at companies in the breadcrumb and Fry-o-lator sectors.
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