Birdseye Chile Powder

Birdseye Chile Powder
Birdseye Chile Powder
Birdseye Chile Powder Birdseye Chile Powder
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Net Weight:
2.3 oz
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From the Capsicum frutescens species, our Ground Birdseye Chile (also commonly spelled  Bird's Eye Chile or Birds Eye Chile) is closely related to the fiery hot tabasco chile. The African Birdseye Chile is also called African devil, Monbassa chile, African Chile or Zanzibar chile.

There are many wild chiles that have the word "bird" in their names, so distinguishing among them can be difficult. Most of the wild grown bird-named peppers come from the four species Capsicum annuum, Capsicum baccatum, Capsicum chinense, and Capsicum rutescens. The Texas chilipiquin and the Mexican Chiltepin are the best known bird peppers.


History and Cultivation

For hundreds of years, the Birdseye Chile has grown wild throughout Africa, but in more recent times it has also been commercially harvested in Australia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Our Birdseye Chile Powder comes from India.

The immature Birdseye fruit is green in color and when fully ripened this chile turns a brilliant red. The African Birdseye chile is typically between ½" and 1" in length and tapers to a blunt point.  We also carry an African Birdseye Chile.

Due to their potent heat levels, many of these African chiles are harvested and processed for commercial use as a pepper extract. It is also common for Ground Birdseye Chiles to be sold as a super hot cayenne chile powder.


Flavor Profile and Heat

Birdseye Chiles lack the flavor complexities of some of the more popular chiles but are known for their clean flavor with undertones of dry hay and they have a nice kick. So they are generally used more for providing heat to a dish and not flavor.

The African Birdseye Chile, specifically the variety harvest in Uganda, is believed by many to be the hottest chile that is not a member of the legendary C. Chinense species and tips the Scoville Heat (SHU) scale at 100,000-225,000.


Where to Use

Commonly used in soups, stews, chicken dishes, hot sauces and they are a key ingredient in our top selling African blend Harissa.


Helpful Hints

Use great caution when handling this ground chile because of its heat. Do not rub your eyes or nose and be sure to wash your hands when you're done.

Our African Birdseye Chile Powder is considered one of our hotter chile powders. Our other favorite crazy hot chile powder is the Habanero Chile Powder(125,000-300,000 SHU).

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** This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.9g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars1.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
5 total ratings.

Emery J. (Verified buyer) 10/03/2021
👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾🔥🔥🔥Birdseye Chile Powder Great flavor! Great heat! Great consistency!

Joel b. (Verified buyer) 10/30/2020
Amazing The strength of this chile is perfect

Sue (Verified buyer) 03/22/2017
Birdseye Chile Powder Used for a piri-piri paste for chicken.

Nathalie (Verified buyer) 10/13/2013
Birdseye Chile Powder HOT HOT HOT but excellent when you need your dish to have a nice hot finish. Use carefully!

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 06/23/2013
Birdseye Chile Powder If there was a 10 Chili rating, this would be it! I love African Bird Pepper...first started using it 40 years ago in herbal healing classes...and this is sooooh fresh and alive and piquant! Beautiful bite and takes only a pinch to get the flavor dispersed in a lot of food! I love this stuff...also great in Honey/Vinegar and Water mixture for a refreshing daily Ph balancing energy tonic! I love this Pepper!