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Chile de arbol
(C. annuum)

Chile de arbol is a mid to quite hot pepper popular in western Mexico, where they are sometimes called pico de pajaro (bird beak) or cola de rata (rat tail). Chile de arbol is apparently related to the cayenne peppers. The pods are 2-3" long and a quarter-inch wide with thick walls. The bush gets 2-4' tall and is very prolific. Chile de arbols become translucent when dried. The dried peppers are usually ground and used in red salsas. They're sometimes strung and made into decorative wreaths. The name, which means "tree pepper", refers to the growth form of the bush, not its size.



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