With chile peppers, size and heat go hand in hand. Larger varieties lean toward the milder side, while the small, pointy peppers usually deliver more burn.
In Season: Peppers are available year-round, but they're most abundant in early summer.
What to Look For: Any variety of chile pepper you choose should be vibrant in color and have smooth skin. Avoid those with soft spots or wrinkles of any kind.
How to Store: Store in a paper bag in the crisper up to 5 days.