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funklight Aug 27, 2009 10:47 AM

I just bought two very hot-looking chiles from the far-mar. They're serrano-like in shape and size except that they're more pointy and they're light orange, about the color of regular Tillamook cheddar.
I checked them against an aji, but their texture is more regular.
Anyone know what I'm dealing with?

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  1. funklight Aug 27, 2009 11:19 AM

    UPDATE:
    I bit the end off one and it is indeed quite hot.
    Yowza.

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      gordeaux Aug 27, 2009 12:42 PM

      Is it possible that it's a serrano that was left on the plant to turn orange?
      Or, possibly a pepper I see here called "finger hots" that has been left on the plant to turn from green to orange.
      Just guesses.

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        comestibles Aug 27, 2009 07:31 PM

        Can you go back to that food stand and ask the owner what species of chile it is?

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        1. re: comestibles
          funklight Aug 28, 2009 08:36 AM

          The dude i bought it from didn't seem to know anything about it. I think he was the auxiliary stand-runner, the farmer's kid, or something.

          But i think i figured it out. Through tireless internet searching and firsthand experience of its heat, I have concluded that it is a bulgarian carrot chile. http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/...

          Tasty as hell, too. The heat comes on strong at first, then mellows a bit and hangs around until the next bite. I made a peach-tomatillo salsa with it and it was a perfect fit. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the heat.

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