Pico de Pajaro, is a red pepper that looks a lot like a long green bean, except it is red instead of green. Pico de Pajaro is from the species Capsicum Annuum, and is also known as Chile Caribe. The pepper starts out green, but turns red when it is ripe. After it is planted it takes 80 to 90 days to mature.
The Pico de Pajaro chile plant is a perennial bush that grows as tall as 24-36 inches high. The actual pepper is a tiny guy, measuring only 1/2 by 2 inches. The Pico de Pajaro originated from Yecora Sonora, Mexico. Its name translates into “Bird’s beak,” because if its appearance.
Pico de Pajaro is used in Mexican cuisine. It is also used to infuse olive oil and vinegar. It is popular for use in stir fry recipes, salsa, in sauces, in salads, for drying, pickling, to flavor soup and in stew.
This little red pepper is a hot tamale. Its heat level in Scoville Units ranges from a low of 5,000 to a high of 30,000 units. The Pico de Pajaro pepper is used in many chili recipes because of its taste and flavor. In fact many chili cook-off recipes use Pico de Pajaro in thier competitions. It’s one of the most commonly used peppers for cooking.
Pico de Pajaro is also used in Mexican cuisine. The bold, hot smoky flavor is what makes it an excellent choice.
Pico de Pajaro is a popular little pepper used in cooking. Its bold flavor will get your attention.
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