Gabriel Andrade, sales manager for Progressive Produce, says the company is beginning harvest of California chili peppers. ( Photo courtesy Progressive Produce )

Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce has begun harvesting the first fields of its jalapeno, Anaheim, and pasilla chili peppers.

“Our yields this year are strong, and we’re excited about the high-quality of our crop,” Veronica Rodarte, chili commodity manager, said in a news release. “The plants are packed with beautiful, healthy, large-size jalapenos that are perfect for spicing up your socially distant summer barbecues.”

This is the first year Progressive’s California chili peppers will be packed in the company’s 112,000-square-foot cold storage and distribution facility in La Mirada, Calif., according to the release. The company recently started chili harvest in Arvin with fields in Oxnard to follow. Availability will run well into October, according to the release.

The release said the company’s chili pepper program offers multiple packaging sizes and styles, including a 50-pound field pack and a 20-pound premium pack.

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