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Chile de Árbol

The Chile de árbol (Spanish for tree chili) is a small and potent Mexican chili pepper also known as bird's beak chile and rat's tail chile. They are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod.

These beautiful little red chiles are thought to be derived from the cayenne pepper. The attractive brightness of these peppers makes them ideal for craft work such as chile wreaths or ristras. For cooking, a few pods thrown into any dish will increase its heat level: use for chili, salsa, hot sauce, tacos, soups, stir fry, Thai curry.