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This chipotle chili pepper reveals smoky notes and hints of candied tomatoes and a fairly lively spiciness.
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Chipotle chili pepper (also known as Meco), whose name comes from the word "náhuatl chilpoctli" which means "smoked pepper", is a jalapeño that must ripen red on the plant. It is then harvested, dried and smoked to obtain that powdery light brown color, with a wrinkled skin and that special flavor.
Our small regional producers smoke and dry the peppers using ancestral methods using guava and oak firewood.
Depending on the smoking method and the humidity of the environment, Chipotle chili peppers can take between a week and a month to dry.
More : Did you know Mexico is the country in the world with the greatest variety of peppers ? It is also a country which culture has been strongly influenced by it, even the character and collective personality have to do with chili, a species of the Solanaceae family.
Today, up to 64 varieties of chili are known to be cultivated in Mexico, of which 25 are semi-cultivated and wild. Majority of varieties are cultivated in the south-central part of the country, most of them in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla ...
However, those of greater importance such as jalapeño, serrano, huajillo and ancho, are grown mainly in the center and north of the country.
Mexicans call chili peppers “Chile” (tzilli in the Náhuatl language) and clearly declare it “the King of Mexican cuisine.” It is the Spaniards who, upon their arrival in Mexico, call it red chili or American pepper.
Consumed for more than 7000 years, the chilli have multiple virtues: it is diuretic, rich in vitamins C and A, in antioxidants and in potassium, would promote cholesterol lowering and prevent diabetes.
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