“De arbol” literally means “tree-like” and these small chiles are so called because of their distinctive woody stems. They are closely related to cayenne chiles and have a similar heat level, making them more-or-less interchangeable. De arbols are one of the prettiest and brightest red of all chiles – even in their dried form – which makes them particularly appropriate as garnishes and decorations. Add de arbols whole to chilis, soups and stews, or grind them up and sprinkle them in for a real blast of heat.
Heat level: 7.5 out of 10