Spice Rack: Urfa Biber

Description: If you don’t like your chili peppers super-hot, then Urfa biber is the pepper for you. Unlike most dried peppers that are ground into flakes and powders, Urfa is not simply dried in the sun; it’s alternately sun-dried and then wrapped to preserve moisture, which results in a rich purple color, a smoky chocolate-raisin-aroma, and a fruity, peppery flavor. Urfa biber can be used in dips, sauces, stews, and braised meats, with roasted eggplants and red peppers, and also in sweets like brownies, chocolate cake, and ice cream. 

You Might Like to Know: Biber means “pepper” in Turkish and Urfa is a region in southern Turkey that borders Syria. 

Easy Recipe: Urfa Biber Chip Dip—1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup mayonnaise, 4 oz goat cheese, 3 diced scallions, 1 Tbsp crushed Urfa red pepper, and salt and pepper to taste.