Lipstick Chile Peppers
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This item was last sold on : 10/30/17
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Lipstick chiles may have the initial appearance of a swollen Fresno chile, yet once past the superficial qualities, Lipstick chiles are easily distinguished by their fruitiness and their sweetness. This sweetness can only be best achieved at the fruit's peak ripeness when it is glossy red, succulent and firm. The Lipstick chile is about 2-3 inches at maturity, its cavity mostly hollow, bearing a small cottony membrane with a handful of seeds.
Lipstick chiles are available during late summer into the fall.
Lipstick chiles are a member of the Grossum pepper group within the Capsicum annuum family. Capsicum annuum is a genus of plants within the notorious Solanaceae (nightshade) family. Though classified as a sweet chile, Lipstick chiles contain capsaicin, a lipophilic chemical that can produce a burning sensation in the mouth. The amount of capsaicin is highly variable, given that all types of chiles have varied amounts of perceived heat. In the case of Lipstick chiles, the capsaicin effect is diluted by the level of sugars in the fruit.
Lipstick chiles are often associated with Spanish cuisine due to their Pimienton parentage. They can be used in place of any mild to medium heat chile, stuffed with cheese, vegetables and meats. Complimentary pairings include cheeses both fresh and aged, cream, beef, lamb, goat, pork, shellfish, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic and beans. Their flavors are bright enough to stand up to bold, deep and rich flavors and spices such as cumin, paprika, oregano and cilantro. Lipstick chiles can be blistered and utilized as a topping on burgers, chopped and added to salsas and marinated in olive oil and vinegar to be served as an appetizer alongside cured fish, meats and cheeses.
The three species of Capsicum, C. annuum, C. frutescens and C. chinense all evolved from a single common ancestor of wild chiles, which date back to 5000 B.C. Lipstick chiles are descendants of pimiento varieties that are native to the Americas. Pimiento varieties have been cultivated by indigenous people of the tropical Americas centuries prior to appearance of European influence onto the New World continents.
Recipes that include Lipstick Chile Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.
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