WHAT IS AN ALEPPO PEPPER?
This pepper is originally from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo! A member of the Burgundy chili family, it’s less spicy then the red chili pepper flakes commonly used in cooking. This makes it a great addition when building up more complex flavors in recipes that need a touch of heat but nothing overwhelming. However unlike most chilis that are completely dried, this pepper is partially dried before being ground. This allows for a higher amount of oil to be present in the pepper.
WHY ARE ALEPPO PEPPERS GOOD FOR YOU?
Like all spicy foods it has anti-inflammatory properties as well as increasing your metabolic rate. They’re also high in vitamin A, C and minerals like manganese and potassium.
WHEN ARE ALEPPO PEPPERS IN SEASON?
This is a hot summer harvest produced on shrubs that grow up to 4 feet in height. However since this pepper is usually dried and crushed it’s easily available year-round.
HOW SHOULD ALEPPO PEPPERS BE STORED?
Like all dried chilis either in an airtight container in your pantry or frozen in a freezer bag. Don’t forget to label the bag with both the name and date you’re freezing these peppers.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT AN ALEPPO PEPPER?
The knife technique is the same as with jalapeno peppers. But be careful not to touch your eyes while handling these peppers. The residual oils will act like a mild form of mace and you’ll be crying in no time.
ARE ALEPPO PEPPERS STILL AVAILABLE FROM SYRIA?
Due to the conflict in Syria, other countries include the U.S.A. have started growing domestic crops of this pepper. Turkey in particular is a popular region for this crop both because of the proximity and popularity as an ingredient.