• Other names for this chile are alfilerillo, bravo, cola de rata, pico de paloma and sanjuanero.

  • It does not grow on a tree. However, the plant is so large in comparison with other chile plants, it is commonly called “tree [árbol] chile.” 

The chile de árbol grows on a woody plant, much like a bush. This chile is long and thin and can measure up to 7 cm. It is green while young and red when it ripens. 

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Nutricional Value: 

It has a high vitamin A and C content. 

Preparation: 

It is used immature (green color), ripe (red) and dried (blackish color). It is mainly added to raw and cooked salsas. It is also used to season soups and stews. 

Basic Facts: 
  • Unlike other chiles, it is used whole, without removing seeds and veins
  • It has been grown since pre-Hispanic times
  • The United States and Canada are the principal markets of this Mexican pepper
  • The annual consumption of chile per capita in Mexico is 15 kg
Regions: 
These 5 states are the major producers of chile de árbol in Mexico:
1. Sinaloa
2. Chihuahua
3. Zacatecas
4. San Luis Potosí
5. Jalisco
Season: 
Year round homogeneous production
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Moderate Production

Abundant Production