Urfa Biber Chile Pepper
The Urfa Biber Chile Pepper, also known as the Isot Pepper, is a dried Turkish chile pepper cultivated in the Urfa region of Turkey. Biber is the Turkish word for pepper. Although it is a red pepper, the drying process creates a dark burgundy, purplish-black color, with a soft, chocolaty scent and a chocolaty, smoky, raisin-like flavor. You have to taste it to understand this complex flavor. The peppers dry in the sun during the day, then are wrapped and sweated at night, for about a week. This allows the pepper to retain moisture which results in an oiliness in texture.
Urfa peppers are a medium heat chile pepper. It comes in about 3-4 on a heat scale of 1-10, or about 6,000-8,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Their heat starts a bit mild and then increases in heat and intensity.
In Turkey, the pepper is used in meat and savory foods, such as kebobs, roasted vegetables, braised meats and hearty stews. As the pepper has grown in popularity, it has found it’s way into many other cuisines. Since the heat is not overpowering, you can also use as a finishing pepper on meat dishes, salads, pasta & rice dishes as well as on pizza and in pasta and BBQ sauces.
Mix some with mayo for a savory, smoky sandwich spread. Add a slice of smoked Gouda or Dill Havarti on that sandwich and you’re in for a treat.
The almost sweetness of flavor also goes well with desserts and sweet foods. Add a touch to your baking creations, such as brownies and other chocolate recipes. The Urfa Pepper flavor also pairs well with Gingerbread and chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and raspberry ice creams.
Add a touch in your fruit dishes. They compliment each other in a surprising fashion. The uses for this unique pepper are endless.
If you are a fan of Chile Peppers, we have a good selection ranging from the mild Ancho Whole Dried and Ancho Powder, to the extreme heat of the Ghost Chile Powder and Ghost Salt. Others include New Mexico Mild Red & Hot Red Powder, New Mexico Hot Red Crushed, New Mexico Hot Green Powder, Whole New Mexico Dried Red, Urfa Biber from Turkey, Scotch Bonnet Flakes, Chipotle Whole Dried & Chipotle Powder, Birdseye Powder, Chile de Arbol, Tien Tsin, Aleppo from Syria, Jalapeno Flakes & Powder, Habanero and several other peppers, salts and blends.
Contains: Urfa Biber Pepper