De Arbol

The chili de arbol (pronounced: "day ar boll") are narrow, curved chiles that start out green and mature to bright red. The arbol chili is related to the cayenne chili pepper and used generally in Mexican cooking. De Arbol grows on a lush plant with thick, woody stems. It stays bright red when dried making it popular for use in many Mexican holiday wreaths.

Chile De Arbol Peppers are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod. The Spanish translation of the name means "treelike". Bright brick-red, elongated and pointed, measuring about 50 to 75mm long and 6 to 10 mm across. Thin fleshed, it has a tannic, smokey, and grassy flavor, and a searing, acidic heat. In pod form the de arbol is often used to flavour oils and vinegars.

The chili de arbol rates between 15,000 and 30,000 Scoville units on the heat index.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Capsicum
Species: C. annuum

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