De Arbol Chilli

The Chile de Arbol (Spanish for tree chilli) is a small and potent Mexican chilli pepper also known as bird’s beak chilli or rat’s tail. These chillies are about 2 to 3 inches¬† long, and a quarter of an inch in diameter.

These beautiful little red chillies are thought to be derived from the cayenne pepper.  The big difference comes with the bold, earthy flavour they impart, with a more robust heat. Chile de Arbol can reach 30,000 in Scoville heat units, which is fairly pokey.

This pepper produces a bush about 3 feet high. It is very popular in Mexican cooking and commonly added to soups, sauces and almost anything.

This pepper is considered superior to other peppers for its heat and naturally smoky flavour. The Chilli Oil taste is not smooth but bold, direct and distinctive.