Chile de Arbol

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

Heat; 6.5/10

50.000 to 65.000 on the Scoville scale

The Chile de árbol is a small and potent Mexican chilli also known as bird's beak chile and rat's tail chile. These chillies are about 5 to 7.5 cm (2.0 to 3.0 in) long, and 0.65 to 1 cm (0.26 to 0.39 in) in diameter.

These chiles are believed to be derived from the cayenne pepper and like cayenne are quite hot.

The peppers start out green and turn a bright red colour as they mature.

Chile de árbol peppers can be found fresh, dried, or powdered.

As dried chiles, they are often used to decorate wreaths because they do not lose their red colour after dehydration.

"It is widely used in Mexican cuisine".

It is characterized by a spicy flavor and good aroma; it can be cooked or used raw, sliced, etc.

The word chile comes from Nahuatl chilli. The most common is to find it in sauces that are used to give a different touch to each meal.

This variety is very spicy and is best grown in hot climates.

Increase any dish’s heat by throwing a few pods in while cooking.

Great in chilli, hot sauce, salsa, tacos, stir fry, Thai curry and soups.

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