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About pasilla peppers
If you judge the taste of the pasilla pepper solely on its appearance, you might be in for quite a surprise. Also called the pasilla bajio pepper, they are a dried form of the chilaca pepper and, as such, bears a striking resemblance to a raisin. In fact, the name translates into English as "little raisin." But don't expect the sweetness of a raisin. The pasilla packs a spicy, delicious heat and is a popular ingredient in a variety of Mexican dishes.
The pasilla pepper typically grows to between eight and ten inches long. It presents with skin that is smooth and glossy while also thick and fibrous. Cut into the pasilla, and you will find an open area in the middle with flat, round, and cream-colored seeds.
Fans of the pasilla chile pepper describe its taste as having an earthy flavor. After cooking, the pasilla's earthiness changes just slightly to evoke a subtle sweetness or smokiness. These types of flavors make the pasilla a perfect addition to various soups, sauces, and salsas, as well as an ingredient to spice up different meals.
Adventurous cooks are known to grind the passila into a powder that can be sprinkled liberally into various recipes or as toppings on salads. But don't come away thinking pasilla peppers will generate a three-alarm fire once you eat them. The pasilla is rated at between 1,000 and 2,500 Scoville Heat Units, putting it toward the lower-middle part of the Scoville Scale. By comparison, the jalapeno pepper averages upwards of 5,000 Scoville Heat Units.
Pasillas are considered an excellent source of vitamin C and provide substantial doses of vitamins A and B6, as well as manganese, potassium, iron, and folate. The peppers will also add a source of fiber to your diet. One pepper will provide about 24 calories.
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