This pepper's distinctive flavor makes it the most popular Serrano along the Mexican border where it is a favorite for salsas, sauces, stews, and soups. Serranos are definitely hot peppers with a good 'kick' and are not for the faint of palate (but, they are not as hot as Thai, Santaka, or Habanero peppers). Some say they are around 5 times hotter than a Jalapeno. The small peppers turn red when they are fully ripe, but can be harvested at any stage. The plants are large, and can reach 2-3 feet wide and tall. Serranos do not dry well and are best used fresh. Removing the veins and seeds will reduce some of the heat if desired. A recipe is included inside the seed packet for a Serrano Dressing. This packet plants: 100 plants started indoors.