Chilaca Chile Peppers
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Chilaca chiles are available in the summer.
Chilaca chile peppers can be described as twisted or flattened, slightly curved, long and thin. These chiles ripen to a deep brown or a chocolate color and have a mildly pungent flavor. A mild to medium heat chile, the Chilaca rates at 1,500 to 2,500 Scoville units. They measure six to nine inches long and are typically about one inch in diameter. These chiles get their brown color through the maturation period where the green chlorophyll is retained and the red pigment is produced. Due to their warm flavor these chiles are rarely eaten fresh and are more commonly dried.
Containing more vitamin A than any other food plant, chiles provide an excellent source of vitamin C, the B vitamins, and significant amounts of iron, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, and riboflavin.
To prepare cut off the stalks, slit the body of the chile open, and discard the seeds. The dried form of the chile “guajillo” is excellent for sauces or can be ground into a table sauce. To store the chiles refrigerate between paper towels or in a plastic bag up to one week. After handling chiles to prevent irritation of the eyes, face and skin wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly with soapy water.
The Portuguese are credited for spreading capsicums to the eastern hemisphere and the Spanish are credited for discovering chiles in the western hemisphere. In the Portuguese language, "pimenta" is used for capsicums and qualifies for various types of chiles. "Chile" is not found in the Portuguese dictionary, nor did they use the words "Capsicum" or "chilli" in their travels. It is thought to have been the Dutch, followed by the English, who were responsible for using and spreading the current capsicum names to the eastern part of the world.
The brownish-black color of this chile is termed "achocolatado" in Spanish, meaning "chocolate colored". In Central Mexico, the chilaca is popular primarily in Guanajuato, Valisco and Zacatecas and in the northwestern regions of Mexico. The name of this chile is derived from the Nahuatl acatl meaning "gray hair" or "old", an appropriate description of this bent and wrinkled chile.
Recipes that include Chilaca Chile Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.