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Sigaretta Dolce Chile Peppers
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Sigaretta Dolce chile peppers are long and thin tapering down slightly from its shoulders to a point at its tip end. The shape of the pepper pod can be straight or slightly curved and twisted. Its skin and flesh are relatively thin and have a bright and glossy sheen. Typically used when young its skin is vibrant lime green but if allowed to ripen on the pepper plant will mature to shades of yellow, orange and eventually a vibrant red hue. Its flavor is sweet and vegetal and depending upon variety and maturity can vary from extremely mild to moderately hot.
The Sigaretta Dolce chile pepper is available in the late summer and early fall months.
The Sigaretta Dolce chile pepper, also known as Cigarette pepper is botanically a part of Capsicum annuum. An Italian variety pepper the Sigaretta Dolce is a sweet cigar type pepper and sought after for its exceptional pickling or 'sotto aceto' properties. In Italian cuisine it is utilized both as an Italian fryer and pepperoncini type pepper.
The versatile sweet Sigaretta Dolce chile pepper can be utilized in both fresh and cooked applications. Its thin skin and flesh make it ideal for preparing blistered, fried in olive oil and served with sea salt as a finger food. Blistered peppers can be utilized in pasta or sandwiches and atop pizza or egg preparations. In Italy the Sigaretta Dolce is traditionally used as a pickling pepper and prepared sotto aceto stye, utilized as a condiment. When fresh they can be chopped and added to salads or served whole as a crudité paired with cream based dips and cheeses. To store fresh peppers keep refrigerated and use within one to two weeks.
A relatively new pepper outside of Italy the Sigaretta Dolce chile originated in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. Its full name, Sigaretta di Bergamo or Dolce di Bergamo are a nod to its shape like that of a long thin cigar and its Italian town of origin, Bergamo. The Sigaretta Dolce pepper plant is compact and tall. In ideal growing conditions it will be a prolific fruiter and like many pepper varieties it thrives in moderate climates with adequate sun exposure.