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De Arbol (Capsicum Annuum) means tree like in Spanish. The plant has thick, upright, woody stems and the chile itself is narrow, curved and bright red in color. Believed to be closely related to the pequin, the De Arbol is thin fleshed, with tannic, smoky, grassy flavor and searing heat. This chile has a heat range of 7.5 on the heat scale of 1-10. De Arbol Chiles are comparable to a Cayenne Pepper. Scoville heat units 15,000 to 30,000.

Suggested Use:
De Arbol is a hot chile and a staple in Southwest kitchens. Add some heat to your next salsa or Mexican dish. Be adventurous and add them to your next stew or chili along with the other spices Add some heat to your next salsa or Mexican dish.

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2 cups cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. crushed chile de arbol
3 tsp. salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. ground cayenne chile
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground white pepper


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix well, and let stand for a couple hours to blend the flavors.

Yields 2 cups.