The Spice Trader - Urfa Pepper
Urfa Pepper is also known as 'isot biber' in Turkish. The Urfa region is in south eastern Turkey, just north of Syria. This chilli pepper has a lovely rich flavour, partly due to the drying and fermenting process it undergoes. It is dark purple in colour, which is indicative of the raisin and dried fig flavours it possesses, along with hints of smoky dark chocolate.
Urfa has a mild heat which is similar to the Aleppo and Marash chill peppers from the same region.
These crushed chilis are wonderful in any soup or stew, and they marry well with beef, salmon, and eggplant, and add a delightful accent to steamed green vegetables.