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Manzana Chile Peppers
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This item was last sold on : 04/26/14
Manzana chiles are available most of the year, with supplies possibly shorter in the summer.
The Manzana chile pepper, also known as Rocoto, Manzano, Caballo, Tree chile and Peron is a rare type of chile pepper. In Spanish Manzana translates to mean apple chile, a nod to the peppers apple like shape. Unlike most chiles cultivated in Mexico the Manzana chile is not a part of the common botanical family of Capsicum annuum but rather a part of Capsicum pubescens a species of pepper from the Andes region. This species of peppers is unique in the fact that the leaves of the pepper plant are covered in fine hairs and the seeds of the peppers are black in color.
The Manzana chile peppers color can range from light green to yellow to bright orange. The heat level also varies from mild to hot, sometimes by color or by the individual chile. The Manzana chile takes its name from its apple shape. Soft and meaty in texture, its thin flesh offers rather pungent fruit-like flavors. While they start out green, they should be picked at the yellow or orange stage for the most flavor. This chile is unusual in that it has black seeds. Scoville units: 6-8 (15,000-50,000).
Capsicums contain more vitamin A than any other food plant. Chiles also provide an excellent source of vitamin C and the B vitamins, and substantial amounts of iron, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, and riboflavin.
Add to salsas, sauces, dips, relishes, soups, stews, casseroles, stuffing and stuffed rellenos. Dice; serve alone as a side dish. Slice into rajas or blend in a variety of savory dishes. Remove seeds and tissue, soak overnight to remove heat, then stuff. Slice thinly and add sliced onion, lemon or lime juice, and salt. Marinate them overnight and enjoy them as a relish or add to proteins like meat or chicken, on the grill or in the saute pan. One way to use Manzanos is in a pickle dish like curtido, a mixture of chopped peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, and vinegar. Or add orange juice for sweetness and use as a relish with carnitas.
Manzanas are also known as chile Rocoto, chile Peron, or chile Caballo.
One of the hottest chile peppers available, conflicting reports claim it measures 6 to 8 on the Scoville rating, but others claim that no Scoville rating is available on this chile due to its extreme heat. This chile pepper originated and grows in Central America, Michoacan and the central valley of Mexico, the Mexico City region. Manzana chilies are especially popular in Central America. This very different chile, pronounced man-ZAN-a, is said not to have debuted in North America until the twentieth century.
Recipes that include Manzana Chile Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Mexico In My Kitchen||Fresh Pickled Manzano Peppers with onions|
|Honest Cooking||Mexican Mansano Pepper Salsa|
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