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Mideastern Region Peppers

(Capsicum annuum)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy





These are peppers that range from Israel as far east as Afghanistan. We will also include peppers from Egypt and Turkey. Most peppers from this region are sun dried and then ground into seasoning. Depending on the dish some may be roasted, stuffed and added to a sauce.







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Aleppo

(Capsicum annuum)



The Aleppo is a rare chile from the region of Northern Syria and Southern Turkey. Also called the Halaby pepper. There are a few peppers named Aleppo one is a Cayenne type. This is the more rare Pimento type also known as Aleppo 37. My seeds were obtained from an Italian Horticulturist and researcher who got his seeds many years ago from one of the USDA seed banks. We have grown this variety out two cycles in 2013 to strengthen the purity of the variety before selling seeds. The Aleppo pepper is named after the famous city of Aleppo that is on the famous silk road that was used to trade spices and goods as early as 200 B.C. it ran from North Africa though Arabia, Persia, Turkey and China. Aleppo peppers have a sweet taste with a nice kick of heat on the back end. In the markets in Istanbul the Aleppo powders are sold for twice the amount of other similar peppers.






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Urfa Biber

(Capsicum annuum)



The Urfa Biber also called the Isot pepper comes the the southern region of Turkey called Urfa. The word "Biber" means pepper. Similar to the raisin like flavor of Aleppo but has more of a chocolate earthy tone. It has a heat that builds as you eat more. Peppers are large and can get almost the width of a small cup and over 8 inches long. The Urfa Biber kind of resembles an elongated bell pepper. In the Mideast the Urfa Biber is used to season meat dishes especially Lamb Kabobs. But is also delicious stuffed or roasted. Another use is to add a different flavor dimension and some heat to desserts like ice cream or cakes. The Urfa Biber chile plants ripen from green to a maroon red color and can grow up to 3 feet tall.








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Dolmalik Biber

(Capsicum annuum)



The Dolmalik is an heirloom Ancho type pepper from Turkey. It has a rich smoky sweet flavor. It has a nice mild to medium heat depending on growing conditions. Peppers ripen from light green to a reddish brown and finally dark red. They are used as a powder in Turkey to season meats but also make an ideal stuffing or roasting pepper. The Dolmalik peppers are about 2 inches in diameter and 4 inches long. Flesh is medium thickness. The Dolmalik chile plants grow up to 3 feet tall.











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Syrian Goathorn

(Capsicum annuum)



This is not the Asian Goathorn variety that is a Cayenne type. Like Asian variety the fruits curl at ends which gives them the name Goathorn. So they look identical other than length and width. These peppers grow to almost 8 inches long and are almost 3/4 inches wide. The Syrian Goathorn grows in Northern Syria. They are very productive and have a rich sweet flavor and heat level close to a Cayenne type but can be as mild as a Jalapeno. Great for roasting, stir fry or drying into a delicious seasoning powder! The Syrian Goathorn chile plants can grow between 2 to 3 feet tall and fruits ripen from green to red.









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Aci Sivri

(Capsicum annuum)



The Aci Sivri is a Turkish Heirloom that is hundreds of years old. Not the same as a Turkish Cayenne though. It is one of the most popular peppers used in Turkish cuisine. It is also used widespread through the Balkans and Eastern Europe with many other Turkish spices. The pepper look like a long Cayenne growing from 5 to 9 inches long. The Aci Sivri peppers are wrinkly and twisted in appearance. They have a slight sweetness beneath their pungency and heat can range from mild to a very hot cayenne heat. The Aci Sivri Chile plants can produce over 50 chile per plant and thrive in cooler regions with shorter growing seasons. The Aci Sivri chile plants can grow up to 3 feet tall.








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Yesil Tatli

(Capsicum annuum)



A very rare sweet variety from Turkey thats usually dried to make a sweet seasoning powder. It's also called Yesil Tatli Biber. The plants produce fruits that are about 6 inches long and just under an inch in diameter. The peppers taper down to a point. The Yesil Tatli peppers ripen from green to yellow to red. They can also be roasted, fried and made into a nice sweet sauce. The Yesil Tatli chile plants grow just over 2 feet tall.









At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).

We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant varieties!